Father and son training team Peter & Paul Snowden will use next month’s Missile Stakes performance by the stable’s Slipper winner Capitalist as a guide to whether or not they will press on to the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes this spring.
Peter Snowden has prepared three previous Golden Rose Stakes winners when he was head trainer for the Darley Australia (now Godolphin) operation.
He won the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic at Rosehill Gardens for the first time with smart filly Forensics (2008) then Denman (2990) and most recently Epaulette (2012).
The last two of his champs had their lead-up runs in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m), Denman completing the double and Epaulette improving on a third.
This year he is looking at a different lead-up campaign into the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), which runs on September 10, with class Written Tycoon colt Capitalist.
The rising three-year-old has won four of his five starts as a juvenile including the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 19.
He will race for the first time since resuming at Royal Randwick Racecourse on August 6 in the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), a weight-for-age race usually dominated by older gallopers.
As a Group 1 winner from the previous season, Capitalist would be forced to carry 60kg in most of the traditional Golden Rose lead-up races against his own age group, prompting the Snowdens to look at the Missile Stakes.
“For a three-year-old sprinter it’s not an easily mapped out plan – especially going into a spring,” Paul Snowden explained to Racenet this week.
“You have to stop and start somewhere along the line so something is going to be sacrificed.
“If you stay in Melbourne and go all the way through there then it’s ok but we’re not prepared to take him down there and come back for runs and what not.
“We considered taking Pride Of Dubai down there for the same reason but ended up staying in Sydney.
“This is a chance for him against the older horses so it puts another little tick on his CV if he can win it. And he gets in with 51.5kg as opposed to 60kg.
“Basically the Missile Stakes will determine if we go down the Golden Rose path but we’ve got others aimed towards that race as well.”
Despite Snowden far from confirming his young star’s run in the race, Capitalist is dominant favourite in pre-nomination Golden Rose odds at bookies around the country.
His biggest danger according to the all-in markets is David Vandyke’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly Yankee Rose who was runner-up to Capitalist in the Slipper.
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