2016 Golden Rose Hope Mediterranean Has “X-Factor”

Co-trainer Paul Snowden has said the stable’s progressive youngster Mediterranean has “X-factor” and is looking forward to the colt’s return to the track for a possible Golden Rose 2016 campaign.

Paul Snowden

Paul Snowden believes Mediterranean is a rising three-year-old to follow in this year’s Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Snowden’s father Peter, who he now trains in partnership with, is famous in part for his sensational track record with two-year-olds including a win in this year’s Golden Slipper with Capitalist.

Capitalist is down to trial for the Snowdens later in the month, but one colt that didn’t quite make the Slipper cut this year is Mediterranean who is already set to resume racing at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The promising and nicely-bred son of 2011 Golden Rose runner-up Smart Missile is one of 12 juveniles accepted for the $40,000 Tab.com.au Handicap (1200m) at the mid-week meet.

He is drawn in barrier four for jockey Kerrin McEvoy to ride on the 58.5kg top weight and is out to break his maiden status at career start number two.

In the autumn he had two Group 2 starts in Sydney running a credible fifth in both the Skyline Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes over 1200m.

Sent for a spell after that to mature ahead of a spring return, Mediterranean has since caught the eye with two brilliant Randwick trial wins.

The latest was on June 24 over 1045m and saw jockey Blake Shinn guide him to a comprehensive 5.5 length victory over the unraced Gai Waterhouse-trained Farson.

Snowden told Racenet on Tuesday his father had always had a high opinion of Mediterranean and that they were expecting big things from him during the spring.

“Dad’s always had a high opinion of him and he’s always been a cracking style of horse,” he said.

“Bad gates, lack of tempo and his race smarts worked against him in his two starts.

“He’s got an X-factor about him and this preparation was always when we thought he’d start to come into his own.

“He spelled magnificently and you’d have to be blind Freddy to have missed his two trials.

“He’s still got to do it, we’re not hiding behind anything. He’s got to come out and do it on race day and live up to what we think of him but we’re looking forward to seeing him back at the races.”

A likely Sydney Spring Racing Carnival target for the rising three-year-old is a shot at $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10.

Before partnering with his son, Peter Snowden prepared three Golden Rose winners with Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012) when head trainer for Darley Australian (now Godolphin).

Godolphin also won last year’s Golden Rose with the John O’Shea-trained Exosphere (2015).

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