The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Attention proved to be too strong in the run to line to take out the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben today.
Attention was coming off a last start second in the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben a fortnight ago and went one better today with Blake Shinn in the saddle again.
Shinn was able to settle Attention ($5.50) on the back of the leader Dreams Aplenty ($15) before the pair had a real dog fight all the way down the straight.
The John Zielke trainer Dreams Aplenty wasn’t going to give up the lead easily and fought hard right to the line with third placegetter Nikitas ($26) doing her best work at the finish.
Odds on favourite Souchez ($1.90) was last to leave the gates and after travelling midfield in the middle stages was forced to make a long run which ended in the straight before running fifth.
“We spoke at length before the race. We thought that we wouldn’t hand up the lead if we didn’t have to,” Paul Snowden said.
“It has worked out lovely. He (Blake Shinn) summed it up in the first furlong and a half. Put him to sleep, he relaxed well and gave a good kick.”
Attention will now head to Eagle Farm in two weeks time to run in the Group 1 $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m).
“He seems to settle better in his races and I don’t think the mile is going to hurt him and I think he is still hitting his peak run and hopefully that is in two weeks time.”