An impressive win on debut at Rosehill Gardens over the weekend has co-trainer Peter Snowden already talking Golden Slipper 2015 plans back at the track next year with young gun Paceman.
The Duporth colt was getting all the pre-race hype following an eye-catching seven length trial win at Randwick back on October 31.
All the attention was worthy however with the $1.35 favourite saluting at his odds-on price when racing for the first time in the $85,000 Cellarbrations Appin Plate (1100m) on Saturday.
Ridden by Josh Parr, who was also aboard the promising youngster for the trial win, Paceman jumped away well from barrier two in the small five-horse field.
He settled nicely then just behind the leader, and even after overracing midfield once the pace relaxed, he continued to travel well four wide on the home turn before displaying a blistering turn of foot to easily outsprint his rivals.
On the line Paceman had a length to spare over the pacesetting filly Right Of Way ($10), with Philosophy ($5.50) then a distant third four lengths off the impressive winner.
While the winning time was only a moderate 1.05.27, the final 600m was posted in a sharp 33.44 seconds hinting at Paceman’s true ability according to Parr.
“It is usually good horse material isn’t it,” he said of the slick sectional time.
“He got on the heels early because it was a farcical speed.”
The authoritative debut saw Snowden, now in partnership with his son Paul, mention plans of a $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1400m) bid next year with the juvenile during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
It was with that in mind that they directed Parr to sit off the pace with the horse on Saturday.
“It is tough to go out there on a $1.30 shot knowing I have to ride him with a sit to teach him to relax and learn for the future,” Parr said.
“Some other stables would send you out there to lead but I know how Peter and Paul work and it is all about the future.
“He did come back underneath me and his turn of foot is electrifying.”
Before the Slipper however the big decision to be made is whether to keep Paceman in work and run again during the summer in an attempt to boost his ratings and prize money, or send him for a spell ahead of an autumn return.
With the Group 1 autumn riches calling, Snowden may be tempted to do the former with a second city win in Sydney this season to double the youngster’s current earnings of $48,750 and all but guarantee him a start in the Golden Slipper field on March 21.
“I’m thinking a bit that way,” Snowden confirmed on Saturday.
“If we go out now that is fine but it is only a short spell.
“You have got to be careful because if you go out now, you still have to win money in the autumn.
“I did that last year and it makes a difference. You are not trying to win prizemoney next time.”
Snowden won his first and to date only Golden Slipper in 2011 with the great colt Sepoy when training for Godolphin.
A second win this year then would be his first out on his own and in his new training partnership that he formed at the start of the year after splitting from Godolphin, and he rates Paceman as one of his best two-year-old to get the job done in 2015.
“Paceman is right up there,” he said.
“They have to do it in races, when they do it twice it is even better again.
“Plenty do it well on the training track and in trials but come raceday they go to pieces.
“I was pleased he did what he did today because it franked what he has been doing at home.
“He won with a bit up his sleeve which was good.”
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