Peter & Paul Snowden’s roughie shot Pajaro scored an upset win in Friday’s 2016 Scone Cup improving on a failed last start run in the Hawkesbury Cup to take out the mile feature from the outside alley.
On April 30 the Align five-year-old was 14th to Amovatio in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) from the inside alley, but had opposite luck with the draw for the $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m) on Friday.
Pajaro jumped from the outside gate 16 of 16 with Tim Clark in the saddle in place of the stable’s apprentice Winona Costin who had to forfeit her ride in the Scone Cup Carnival feature due to illness.
“It’s just a bit of a disappointment for Winona,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said immediately after the win.
“She was supposed to ride the horse today and she wasn’t well this morning.”
Clark bided his time from the wide barrier aboard the gelding, travelling behind the leaders up until the final 400m when he produced a weaving run through the field.
The horse lost momentum with only 200m left to travel, but Clark kept his cool and Pajaro ($21) regathered his step storming home late to beat home his last start conqueror, the Chris Waller-trained Amovatio ($8), by a neck.
In a blanket finish the John O’Shea-trained Malice ($10), ridden by James McDonald and backing up from a Hawkesbury Cup fifth, rounded out this autumn’s Scone Cup trifecta just a short half-head further back for third.
“It was a terrific win,” Snowden said.
“Gee, if he had got beat you would be disappointed because he got stood on his head at the furlong.”
The first four was completed by $61 outsider Darci Magic, ahead Sons Of John (5th), Hawkesbury Cup runner-up Mighty Lucky (6th) and the James Cummings-trained $5.50 equal favourite High Midnight (7th) who were all under a length off the Scone Cup winner.
Snowden said there were excuses for the Hawkesbury Cup flop last start, and was thrilled things panned out better at Scone for Pajaro who has now won four of his 19 career starts for $329,978 in prize money.
“We drew barrier one (at Hawkesbury) and tried to be a little bit more positive on him,” Snowden said.
“The track was a bit iffy where he was and it really took it out of him.
“We were confident today getting him back on a firmer track that he would definitely run better but the barrier draw threw us a bit.
“Then when were going through the race … we noticed so much speed with six or seven leaders. We thought we might be able to tuck into a spot and ride for luck. It panned out perfectly.”
Snowden has now won his home town Scone Cup three times with Pajaro’s effort following on from earlier success with Dysphonia (2011) and Raspberries (2012) when head trainer for Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley (now Godolphin) operation in Australia.
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2016 Scone Cup Results & Finishing Order
Scone Race 7 – 13/05/2016
|1||12||PAJARO (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||–||16||54kg||$21|
|2||2||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Rory Hutchings (a)||0.2L||2||59.5kg||$8|
|3||6||MALICE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.3L||6||55kg||$10|
|4||16||DARCI MAGIC (NZ)||Paul Murray||Robert Thompson||0.4L||1||54kg||$61|
|5||3||SONS OF JOHN||Jason Attard||Jeff Penza||0.5L||9||56.5kg||$13|
|6||1||MIGHTY LUCKY||Fred Cowell||Chris O’Brien||0.6L||11||60kg||$6.50|
|7||14||HIGH MIDNIGHT||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||0.7L||13||54kg||$5.50EF|
|8||4||CASINO DANCER||Mike Van Gestel||Greg Ryan||1.2L||4||55.5kg||$15|
|9||8||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Christian Reith||1.3L||14||54kg||$14|
|10||7||TALES OF GRIMM (USA)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||2L||7||54.5kg||$5.50EF|
|11||10||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||Jay Ford||2.6L||8||54kg||$61|
|12||9||GOLDSTREAM (ITY)||Kris Lees||Sam Clipperton||4.2L||12||54kg||$10|
|13||18||KAYPERS||Greg Bennett||Peter Wells||4.4L||5||54kg||$81|
|14||15||CANDELARA||Tim Martin||Blake Spriggs||4.9L||15||54kg||$41|
|15||5||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings||Tye Angland||5.2L||3||55.5kg||$31|
|16||17||HIMALAYA DREAM (FR)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jason Collett||11.4L||10||54kg||$31|
|–||20||KISEKI DANE||Mick Dwyer||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||GREAT ESTEEM||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|