Proven Group 1 performer Pariah is the pick of Team Snowden’s three runners in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Pariah showed that he had plenty of natural ability as a two year old with a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 28 and a second to Catchy in the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25.
The Redoute’s Choice colt then reproduced his best juvenile form with a first up win as a three year old in the Group 3 $150,000 TPG Telecom San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 26,
Second up Pariah ran another mighty race but couldn’t match it with Golden Rose favourite Menari when runner up in the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 9.
“Pariah has been there, done that at a good level,’’ Peter Snowden told The Daily Telegraph.
“He is more seasoned, more hardened, and he has had a run at Group 1 level before.”
“The 1400m tempo makes the Golden Rose a whole different race again — there is much more pressure.”
“He is a good horse, Menari, and a deserved favourite but I’m confident Pariah will run well.’’
The Peter and Paul Snowden training team will also saddle up Dracarys and Assimilate in the Golden Rose and Peter Snowden said both colts have plenty of ability and will also figure strongly in the finish.
“The other two are young horses coming through the ranks. I would give Pariah the nod over the other two but I do like all three horses,’’ Peter Snowden said.
“Assimilate and Dracarys are not gross horses and are going into the Golden Rose with runs under their belt and a recent trial — they are in good shape.’’
“Assimilate is in his first preparation and I do hold him in high regard.’’
“His wins at his first two starts were good and then his run at Rosehill last-start I thought was exceptional. To do what he did the other day shows he must have way above average ability.”
Dracarys is coming off a last start win in the Group 3 $150,000 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on August 19 while Assimilate made up plenty of ground from last on the home turn to be beaten a nose when second to Addictive Nature in the Group 3 $150,000 Monaco Cup – Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Rosehill on August 26.
The Gerald Ryan trained Menari heads up the Golden Rose market order at $2.15 at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Pariah at $6 while Assimilate is marked at $14 and Dracarys at $20.