Queensland Oaks long term aim for Snow Fields

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 11th, 2016

Last Saturday’s Doomben juvenile winner Snow Fields could develop into a handy staying filly with trainer Chris Munce planning to aim her towards the Group 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm at next year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Trainer Chris Munce, above, is confident Doomben winner Snow Fields will develop into a tough staying filly in the future. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Chris Munce, above, is confident Doomben winner Snow Fields will develop into a tough staying filly in the future. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Snow Fields scored her first win from six race starts against the two year olds in the $60,000 Giddy Up Club QTIS Plate (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday, tempting Munce to suggest she can only get better with time.

“She is very tough and realistically, when she strengthens up and matures, I think she can develop later on into an Oaks-type filly,” Munce said after Snow Fields saluted at Doomben.

“I think she is at least six months away as she has a lot of growing and filling out to do.”

“I knew she had ability and I know she has a lot more ability than what we have seen so far from her. That is why I have always run her in pretty difficult two-year-old races.”

“But I think getting out to 1350 metres and then finally getting a dry track did the trick with her.”

Munce has also set his sights on the 2017 Magic Millions Carnival in January for Snow Fields who could run in the $2m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) or in the $1m Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m).

The 2015 – 2016 Racing season was the first full season for Munce as a trainer and the former champion jockey has notched up fourteen metropolitan winners to be equal tenth on the Brisbane Trainer’s premiership that is headed by Tony Gollan on eighty and a half wins.

Over the last twelve months Munce has built his numbers up to over the forty mark and with more ammunition in his stable he is hoping to climb up the premiership table next season.

“It has been a handy season but I am really looking to the future,” Munce said.

“I have been training for only one-and-a-half seasons now. It is a learning curve and I have a good way to go yet.

“But I have made it clear I want to be among the top trainers and also to get stakes winners.”

“We have had only four two-year-olds this year but we will have 15 next season. It will give us a real challenge and a real chance to get more winners.”

With only three weeks left before the end of the current racing season, Gollan is set to win his third Brisbane trainers title with a clear lead over arch rival Robert Heathcote who has fifty-nine metropolitan winners on the board.

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