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Peter & Paul Snowden have had star colt Pride Of Dubai back in work for just over a month and are gearing the rising three-year-old up for a shot at the Caulfield Guineas 2015 this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The talented son of Street Cry has already won close to $1.34 million in prize money over just four career starts thanks to his quick rise through the ranks and dual Group 1 victories during the autumn.
He broke his maiden status three runs in in elite level company at Caulfield in late February beating home Reemah in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) after overcoming interference in a gutsy performance before his trip to Sydney in April for another win this time in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Now Team Snowden has big spring plans for Pride Of Dubai to look to add to his Group 1 tally in both Sydney and Melbourne after welcoming him back to base bigger and better than before according to Racenet.
“This is his fourth week in from the paddock and he’s come back in great order,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said of the up-and-comer who is set to trial in mid-July.
“He’s always been a big horse but has come back a little heavier this time. He has really furnished.”
First on the agenda is a likely run in the popular $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 12, a race Snowden Senior has won three times for former bosses at Darley, now Godolphin.
He won the three-year-olds’ classic with Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and again with Epaulette (2012) but hopes to do it in partnership with his son this season.
After the Golden Rose in Sydney plans are to take Pride Of Dubai back to Melbourne to target another million dollar race for three-year-olds, the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10.
As with the Golden Rose, Snowden has prepared three recent Caulfield Guineas winners with Helmet (2011), Long John (2013) and then last year when he and Paul combined for the victory with Shooting To Win (2014).
Out for three on the trot in the set weights classic, held on the same day as three other Victorian Group 1s this season, Snowden is confident Pride Of Dubai is the right type for a Guineas win but where the horse will kick off is yet to be decided.
“We’ve just got to work out where we will kick-off the campaign,” Snowden said.
“He isn’t going to be well weighted against the three-year-olds as he gets a four kilogram penalty for being a Group I winner (in races like the San Domenico Stakes and the Run To The Rose).
“The Warwick Stakes is a 1400-metre weight-for-age race on August 22 so that might be the right option.
“He’s a colt so it’s important to protect his profile. If that means having only one or two runs into the Golden Rose then that’s what we’ll do.
“He’s always had a great attitude and that hasn’t changed.”
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