Trainer Peter Snowden in confident of another memorable preparation for star miler Guelph despite a less-than-ideal return to the track in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) last weekend.
Having drawn the somewhat awkward barrier 9, Guelph appeared in perfect position rounding the final bend and looked to be approaching leaders Gypsy Diamond and Sweet Idea, but was unable to match their strong late pace, fading to finish sixth.
Snowden told TVN that while disappointing in her first-up run, Guelph should be much better for the run and has pulled up fine.
“She had a pretty torrid run, it wasn’t ideal for a first-up run. She had a real gut-buster really” Snowden said.
“It was disappointing to see her ridden up as close as she was. I don’t think Hughie (Bowman) gave the field enough respect.
“I’m hoping she can bounce back, there’s nothing wrong with the horse.”
Jockey Hugh Bowman, who was partnering the talented Exceed And Excel filly for the first time in the Light Fingers Stakes, was unable to do much as half the field comfortably passed the pair with 150 left to run.
“To Hughie’s defence he said he could see a spot for her to slip into, but once he got there they’d kicked up inside him and left him posted” Snowden added.
Guelph recorded arguably the best figures of any Australian racehorse throughout 2013, winning seven races from only ten starts including four at Group 1 level.
Having jumped as the resounding $2.20 favourite for the 2014 Light Fingers Stakes, Snowden revealed he plans to aim his star filly at a run in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on March 8 before a likely appearance in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
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