Gerald Ryan is preparing to saddle-up one of the roughies in Saturday’s Light Fingers Stakes 2013 at Rosehill and is hoping to see improvement from Flying Snitzel who will be kept to the sprint races this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Ryan is represented in this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) by Snitzel filly Flying Snitzel, a winner of two of her 11 starts to date.
A $25,000 buy from the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Flying Snitzel hasn’t been inside the winners’ stall since her nice win over subsequent Crown Oaks winner Dear Demi in the Group 3 The Schweppervesence (1400m) at Rosehill last April.
From there she went on to run a credible fourth to crack Golden Slipper winning colt Pierro in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) before being turned out for a four month break.
She resumed in August but failed to finish in the money in any of her five spring starts, the most recent of which was her sixth to Norzita in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on October 6.
Her first-up assignment this time in is now the Light Fingers Stakes, Flying Snitzel having had a promising trial at the track over 900m when second on February 5, and Ryan believes she will be more competitive this prep.
He also believes what went wrong last time was trying to get her to win over a middle-distance based on her breeding and this season it will be sprint-only races for her starting on Saturday.
“We’ve decided this time in we will keep her back to sprints,” Ryan said.
“I always thought she would run a journey, maybe because she is out of a Metropolitan winner, but I just don’t think she copes with it.”
Rated a $21 chance in the Light Fingers Stakes odds Flying Snitzel is one of 11 fillies engaged in the race and has drawn ideally in gate four with Glyn Schofield to ride.
Among her most notable rivals are $3.60 favourite Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap winner Bennetta out for their third win on the trot, the resuming Joe Pride-trained Brave Soul ($5.50) and Clarry Conners’ aforementioned Crown Oaks champ Dear Demi.
While Flying Snitzel had Dear Demi’s measure a year ago in The Schweppervescence, Conners believes his daughter of Dehere can win first-up and is the one to beat on Saturday with the likely fast tempo to suit.
“I’ve only given her one 800 metre trial to keep her fresh,” he said.
“She finished third in a Warwick Farm trial (behind Saturday’s rivals Brave Soul and Bennetta) and Jimmy (Cassidy) jumped off saying she felt bigger and stronger.
“She resumed last campaign over 1200 metres (in the Silver Shadow Stakes) and finished third, beaten a couple of lengths by Nechita.
“A horse like Ichihara should ensure that it is run at a solid tempo and that’s what will give her a chance of winning on Saturday.
“She’s the only Group I winner in the field. Meets them on level weights and is likely to get the right run with the right amount of pace on.
“You can’t really ask for much more than that.”
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