Paceman has 2015 Golden Slipper in his sights

By: Mark Mazzaglia
November 17th, 2014

Impressive Rosehill winner Paceman could have one more run before a let-up prior to being prepared for the 2015 Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in March.

Trainer Peter Snowden, above, will aim Rosehill winner Paceman towards a start in the 2015 Golden Slipper. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Peter Snowden, above, will aim Rosehill winner Paceman towards a start in the 2015 Golden Slipper. Photo by Daniel Costello.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained two year old was sent out the $1.35 favourite in the $85,000 Cellarbrations Apin Plate (1100m) after showing off his talent by winning a 740m Randwick barrier trial by six and three quarter lengths on October 31.

While Paceman duly delivered with a one length victory over his rival two year olds, Peter Snowden would like to give the Duporth youngster one more run this campaign to gain more race experience and collect more prizemoney to ensure he is qualified for the Golden Slipper.

“I’m thinking a bit that way,’’ Peter Snowden told The Sunday Telegraph.

“If we go out now, that is fine but it is only a short spell.

“You have got to be careful because if you go out now, you still have to win money in the autumn.

“I did that last year and it makes a difference. You are not under pressure trying to win prizemoney next time.

“I’ll need to talk it over with the owners, Peter and Wendy Moran.’’

Snowden said that Paceman will have learnt a lot from his outing at Rosehill after racing a bit keenly in the early stages of the race.

“In his work and trials he has been very good but this was a different experience for him,’’ Snowden said.

“But he is pretty smart and he will learn a lot.’’

The stable had always held a high opinion of the colt and Snowden was pleased that he could reproduce the ability he had shown on the tracks in Saturday’s race and would like to see him do it again.

“Paceman is right up there,’’ Snowden said.

“They have to do it in races — when they do it twice it is even better again.

“Plenty do it well on the training track and in trials but come raceday they go to pieces.

“I was pleased he did what he did because it franked what he has been doing at home. He won with a bit up his sleeve which was good.’’

Paceman’s win earned $68,750, including a $20,000 BOBS Bonus, for his owners Peter and Wendy Moran and another win in a similar juvenile race would be enough to gain a run in the Golden Slipper.

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