After Gai Waterhouse’s Vancouver failed to accept for the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) running at Rosehill this Saturday, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Paceman is one step closer to winning the race on his way towards the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21.
Paceman is one of just eight two-year-olds set to run in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes but will need to overcome a wide start from barrier seven with Hugh Bowman.
The colt is on the fourth line of betting for the 2015 Golden Slipper at Ladbrokes.com.au with odds of $13 but after just one start, he still needs to prove himself to his trainers.
Peter Snowden knows Paceman can work as well as any other juvenile racing right now but whether that translates to wins on the track remains to be seen. The trainer also knows how important the Silver Slipper Stakes is as a lead-up race to the Golden Slipper.
Snowden was right-hand man to John Hawkes when Crown Lodge won the race in 2005, 2006, and 2007 with Forensics completing the double in the last year.
“We’ll know a lot more after Saturday whether the (Golden) Slipper will fit and where the pecking order will be later on,” Snowden told Sky Racing.
“What I have learnt before is what they do at home means nothing.
“It’s raceday that counts. I am a great believer in a horse having to do things twice.”
After impressing in a barrier trial last October which the colt won by just under seven lengths, Paceman made his debut in the Cellarbrations Appin Plate (1100m) at Rosehill on November 15. Running against a small field of just five two-year-olds, the colt won the race by one length.
He had his first official trial of the year at Warwick Farm on February 9 with Bowman in the saddle for the first time, finishing a close second to Sebring Sun.
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