Snowden’s chances for Sandown Guineas day

By: Chris Bassani
November 11th, 2011
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The Peter Snowden yard has a strong hand at the Sandown Guineas  meet on the Hillside tomorrow.

The Darley trainer has Galah in the Group 1 $350,000 Guineas (1600m) as well as top contenders in supporting races.

What Galah lacks in maturity he is making up in talent.

He looked workmanlike winning the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes last start after a big finishing burst when taking  the Lightway Stakes.

Snowden will remove the winkers as they were deemed them useless in the Carbine.

The yard believes Galah is still “dumb” and according to jockey Kerrin McEvoy needs to lift tomorrow.

”I thought he would have gone a bit better than what he did (in the Carbine) and I expected him to be a bit sharper than what he was,” McEvoy said.

“It (Guineas) is a tougher race than the other day, so he has got to step up again.”

Melbourne foreman Paul Snowden expects Galah to settle closer than his usual from barrier four.

“He probably got too far back at his previous run but tomorrow it will be a different story.”

Both Galah ($2.90) and second favourite Mahisara ($5.50) have been well supported this week with Tabsportsbet and Luxbet.

Mahisara’s two best wins were helped by leading but that position may be more sort with First Course, Niagara and Saint Etienne all forward runners.

The Gai Waterhouse trained Niagara is third in Guineas markets but needs to drop back from  the Victoria Derby 2500m.

Snowden is going to run two first starters Coins ($4.50) and Vital ($4.30) in the Written Tycoon Stakes (1000m) for two-year-olds.

The Robbie Laing trained Andree Roo Hoo ($3.60) is favourite after finishing second Maribyrnong Stakes to Real Stolle on debut.

Laing is applying blinkers first time after its strong finishing effort last start.

Vital and Coins recently won Cranbourne trials is soft fashion.

“Vital ran quicker than Coins but Snowden says they are similar.

“Vital ran quicker time but Coins settled behind horses and probably could have ran the same, who knows” he said.

“There is not much between them and whoever has the better racing mannerisms on the day could get away with the win.

“Vital has a little bit more toe and will be closer to the lead but Coins has drawn in two and shouldn’t be too far away.

“Kerrin won the trials on both and he has chosen Vitals.”
Consistent fillies Anise ($4.60) and Disputes ($18) run in the Twilight Glow Stakes 1400m with the TABsportsbet favourite being last start impressive winner Combat Kitty.

Anise had her first Victorian start in Gucci Stakes when third beaten under a length by Emmalene after facing the breeze down the Flemington straight on November 3.

“She may have been ridden a touch too close which took something out of her usual strong last furlong finish, she has trained on well,” Snowden said.

Disputes finished seventh to Combat Kitty in the Lexus Hybrid (1400m) beaten four lengths on November 1.

She raced up the inside in the straight which was considered slower on the day.

“I think you can put a pen through it, she still ran well but it is a harder race to read on paper when doing the form,” Snowden said.

“She is in great order and deserves a crack at the race.”

Snowden will run Parables ($3.20 fav), Soul ($6.50) and Screen ($14) in the Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

McEvoy has stuck with Parables who along with Screen were unlucky in the Listed MSS Security (1200m) at Flemington won by Facile Tigre on November 1

“She (Parables) was the hard luck story but she has had plenty of those,” Snowden said.

“The 1300m has come at a good time for her while Soul and Screen are going extremely well and I couldn’t be happier with the the three of them.”

Screen was disappointed for a run while Soul who was beaten by Facile Tigre on October 12 at Caulfield has been freshened but steps to 1300m for the first time.

Soul and Parables will be having their first starts at the Hillside while Screen failed on a heavy track last year at the course.

The trio are against undefeated Hillside horses Doubtful Jack, Veewap and Huxsen who all won their lone start at the track.

Snowden’s Launay ($4) races in the Group 3 Alannah and Madeline Found Stakes (1500m) after two midfield finishes in similar class.

Snowden has questions on whether Launay, who is making its Hillside debut, is measuring up to Group 3 races.

“He is meeting a different level to what he was meeting and it is harder but I think he likes the sting out of the ground now,” Snowden.

“He is a day today proposition with his feet but they are good at the moment. The harder the ground the more these horses feel it.”

The Tony Vasil trained Under The Eiffel is favourite with good form and a win at the track.

Snowden has the Eclipse Stakes (1800m) favourite Erewhon ($4.40) stepping up to a more desired distance.

The Group 1 Spring Champion (2000m) winner has had three runs back after a year spell.

“He is getting a bit dour and up to1800m he can race up on the speed, he doesn’t mind the string out of the ground,” Snowden said.

“He is in very good order and I wouldn’t write him off tomorrow.”

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