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Co-trainer Paul Snowden is confident Saturday’s odds-on 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite Capitalist will be just as hard to beat on a Heavy-rated Gold Coast track as he will be if the course firms ahead of this weekend’s meeting.
Heavy early week rainfall sees the track currently in the Heavy ratings despite skies clearing on Wednesday morning.
With doubts about what condition the Gold Coast Racecourse will race in for Australia’s richest race meeting, Snowden has no doubts his undefeated Written Tycoon colt Capitalist can handle all tracks.
He firmed in Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting on Tuesday after coming up trumps with barrier two in the capacity 16-starter field while his stablemates Niccolance and Mooshakissa had mixed luck with the gates coming up with nine and 18 respectively.
Easy three length winner of the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick on debut back in early October last year, Capitalist recorded another commanding victory last time out on December 17 taking out the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1100m.
Snowden, who trains in partnership with his father Peter, said Capitalist worked well in Sydney yesterday on a rain-affected track at Kenso proving his brilliance extended on soft going as well.
“He worked on the Kenso track here on Tuesday with some Magic Millions horses and I was out there trying to find the best part of the track,” Snowden told Racing Queensland.
“It was on the worst side of slow ranging into heavy and he worked as good on it as if it was a good 4.
“Potentially I don’t see any dramas.”
Obviously comparisons are starting to be made between Capitalist and other former star Snowden-trained juveniles including Sepoy who won his opening four career starts including the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes as well as that autumn’s Golden Slipper Stakes as a two-year-old.
Snowden however said Capitalist still had a long way to go before entering the same arena as the now-retired Sepoy who won close to $4 million in prize money over his career.
“He’s no Sepoy yet and has got a long way to go to get to that level yet,” Snowden said.
“Sepoy was one outstanding customer who dominated here. He (Capitalist) is starting to (get there), but still has to get the job done.”
That said, the team is confident the best is yet to come from Capitalist who is just starting to reach his peak.
“He’s got gears,” Snowden said.
“I dare say he hasn’t been pushed yet and who know knows what he’s got left.
“It’s a little bit scary. He’ll do anything you ask of him on the track.
“He’s very relaxed and conserves a lot of energy which is why he’s got such a good turn of foot.”
The best of the other Snowden horses in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field is $11 fancy Niccolance who top Sydney hoop James McDonald rides for the first time.
The Nicconi colt has run second in both of his career runs so far including behind his star stablemate in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic last month.
“Niccolance is a real nice horse and ran well against Capitalist running second at Wyong and was beaten convincingly,” Snowden said.
“He’s improved since and has been kept up to the mark. Even though he’s drawn nine, it’s in the middle of the field so he could be up close.
“He can run second if he can’t win and is a very good second stringer.
“Fitness wise Niccolance had it on Capitalist going into the Wyong Millions and they’ve both come on since and are two great chances.”
As for Mark Zahra’s mount, Duporth filly Mooshakissa, Snowden admitted she needed luck from her bad gate.
“Mooshakissa has done everything right so far but has an awkward gate in 18 and will need luck,” he said.
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