This may be the fifth year of racing for rising eight-year-old Pinwheel but trainer Peter Snowden remains hopeful the veteran sprinter is capable of winning at the top level before retirement.
Head trainer for the Darley Racing operation Snowden still has a lot of time for one of his stable stalwarts Pinwheel, the Lonhro gelding having amassed a tidy $1.15 million in prize money over their 38 start career to date.
They have been in the winner’s stall a dozen times with their latest victory being in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) in Sydney when successfully defending their title in the race last August.
A four-time Group winner Pinwheel has also contested eight elite level features but is yet to bring home a Group 1 trophy.
Their latest run was on February 9 at Caulfield in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) where they suffered a suspensory ligament injury and subsequently finished dead last (ninth) behind All Too Hard.
While the list of recently retired older geldings for Darley continues to grow with the likes of Offenders, Parthian and Skytrain having run their last races – Pinwheel is preparing for their race track return after overcoming their injury.
“Pinwheel is back in work and the signs are good that he has fully recovered from the suspensory injury,” Snowden said.
“He is starting to do a bit of pace work and I’m hoping he will be ready to trial in about three weeks.”
Snowden may be keen to look after the ageing champ but don’t think he will be taking it too easy on Pinwheel or restricting him to the lower grades.
“He is a lovely old horse who has handled his rehabilitation well and who knows, maybe there is a Group 1 for him,” he said.
And for the retired heros?
“We give them away to people who want to use them as show horses and the like,” Snowden said.
“They are used to being worked and to being pampered in the stable so they need something to do and make great show horses.
“Erewhon is one who is doing really well as an eventer.”
Commands five-year-old Erewhon ran their last race this time last year and was a Group 1 of the 2010 Spring Champion stakes as a three-year-old.
Snowden is yet to map out an exact program for Pinwheel but as nine of their 12 wins have been over 1200m it is likely they will target races over this distance possibly including the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in early November.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for more on Pinwheel as Snowden releases more details.
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