The spring is almost upon as and at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend many horses will begin their path their glory destined for the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
One such horse is the Peter Snowden trained Pinwheel, after a relatively short spell he could well run in the Bletchingly Stakes first up for the new season.
Pinwheel is one of the more consistent horses in work around around Australia and he’s proved to be a steady money earner for the Darley operation.
So far in his career he’s had 22 runs for a return of nine race wins. In addition to that he’s also placed a further ten times.
His last win was during the Brisbane Winter Carnival where he won the Group 3 Healy Stakes back on June 25th.
Connections are hoping that the spring is where the rising six year old really jumps to that next level and adds to his nearly $700,000 in career earnings to date.
So far he’s only had the one Group 1 start in the Goodwood at Morphettville in May, he wasn’t far off the pace finishing third to lone Rock and Crystal lily.
This will in fact by the first time Pinwheel ever embarks on a Melbourne campaign over the spring period.
“He’s a good, honest horse and has done a good job,” Snowden said.
On paper the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes this weekend appears to be a good race for him but Snowden so far refuses to rule him in or out with certainty.
“I’m not sure,” Snowden said.
“I want to have a good look at it first.
“I have the Missile as a back-up the following week.
“The Bletchingly and the Missile are both weight-for-age races, I just want to run him where I think he’s best placed.”
The alternate is the Group 3 Missile Stakes at Randwick which will be run the following Saturday, August 6th.
Neither race would be a walkover for Pinwheel, in fact he’ll need to be right at the top of his game to come away with a 10th career win.
His rivals in the Bletchingly Stakes would include the well known Gold Trail as well as the in form Secret Flyer fresh off a black type win two weeks ago in the Monash Stakes.
Pinwheel has only ever had the one start at Caulfield, his last visit was in the Pink Ribbon Cup in March, a race he won with a hefty 60kg on his back.
Snowden will make a final decision about Pinwheel before acceptances come out tomorrow morning.