While co-trainer Peter Snowden is hoping for an improved run from top weight That’s A Good Idea at Rosehill on Saturday he is confident the current favourite Dublin Lass has the right gate and weight for the win.
Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, saddles-up two of the eight runners in this year’s $100,000 Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) field on Festival Stakes Day this weekend.
Sitting top of the field and weights with a hefty 60kg is the in-form Flying Spur six-year-old That’s A Good Idea who has been kept fresh after his second in black-type company at Randwick over the distance from October 17.
His campaign has been stop and start says Snowden with wet tracks around the country preventing a smooth preparation for the smart gelding who has amassed over $600,000 in prize money over his 30 start career so far.
Last seen in the winner’s stall at Scone in mid-May taking out the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m), That’s A Good Idea has run top three in his subsequent three runs.
Snowden took the galloper to Brisbane recent in search of firm ground but rainfall thwarted his chances and he failed to have a start.
“I took him all the way to Brisbane a fortnight ago in search of a firmer track and it rained on the day so I couldn’t run him,” Snowden told Racenet this week.
“But he’s in good form, he’s been racing against top class horses this preparation.
“The harder the track the better for him, and I think he will get conditions to suit on Saturday.”
Two Sydney trials for two seconds have kept the horse fit and ready to thrive on a Good track at Rosehill on the weekend, the bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au rating That’s A Good Idea a $3 hope from barrier eight with Blake Shinn aboard.
“You have to trial them in between, which is not ideal and you’re sort of marking time,” Snowden explained.
“There’s no replacement for racing to keep a horse fit but there’s not much we can do about it and the horse is well at the moment.
“The plan is to race him through the summer and target races like the Razor Sharp.”
The $100,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) runs at Royal Randwick on Villiers Stakes Day on December 12.
Shinn takes the ride on the second fancy over stablemate Dublin Lass who he rode first-up at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day when the five-year-old O’Reilly mare caught the eye with a second in the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) on November 5.
She returns to Sydney for the first time since a 1200m win at Randwick in April and leads the latest Starlight Stakes odds at a firming $2.60.
Dublin Lass has Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle on Saturday for the first time and is set to get the run of the race from the inside alley.
The mare is also well-weighted to do battle according to Snowden as she drops from 55.5kg last time out to the 54kg minimum in the Starlight Stakes.
“They’re both in good form,” he said of the stablemates.
“Dublin Lass’s run over the Melbourne carnival was very good, she’s freshened nicely and has drawn a great barrier.
“I think she’s well weighted also.”
This weekend is just her second Rosehill track where she won her only other start a year earlier by nearly two lengths with 58kg on her back.
The distance is also a non-issue as she has run second in both her previous 1100m starts with winning form up to 1300m.
The main dangers to the Snowden duo in the Sydney Listed feature on Saturday according to the bookmakers are the Con Karakatsanis-trained seven-year-old Howmuchdoyouloveme ($5.50) coming off a win at the track and distance a fortnight ago and Fiftyshadesofgrey dropping back from 58kg to 54kg on the back of her 1100m Rosehill win only last weekend.
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