A top class performance by favourite Pariah in the Group 3 $150,000 TPG Telecom San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday will go a long way towards the colt filling a slot in The Everest.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Pariah will be having his first run back since finishing eleventh to She Will Reign in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 18 and has been installed the $2.50 favourite for the San Domenico Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Snowdens have given Pariah two recent Randwick barrier trials for a win over 740m and a second to Winx over 1000m on August 8 in preparation for his return to the race track.
The Redoute’s Choice three year old races in the green and gold colours of James Harron Blockstock who hold a slot for the The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14 and co-trainer Paul Snowden hasn’t ruled out the colt lining up in the $10 million sprint.
“If he is going absolutely super, James (Harron) has a slot in The Everest or we could freshen up and go to the Coolmore,” Paul Snowden told Racing New South Wales News.
“He has prepped up well with two solid trials and he is in good order.”
“He was out there to do a bit against Winx but still had a fair bit underneath him so it was very pleasing but you want to see him start doing it on the track now.”
Pariah will stick to his own age in the early part of the Spring Carnival with the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 23 mapped into his program.
“He’ll be third up into the Golden Rose and there is no dead given he’ll go to the (Caulfield) Guineas after that. He might be a little bit too brilliant for a mile so that question will be answered in the Rose depending on how he handles 1400m.”
Pariah has raced four times for a debut win in the Group 3 $150,000 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 28 with his biggest pay day being a second to Catchy in the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Blake Shinn rode Pariah in both the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Golden Slipper and will be on board again in the San Domenico Stakes but he will need plenty of luck from the outside barrier in the nine horse field.