Scarf Gives Snowden Season’s Stakes Final

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Scarf wins the final black type race of the season

The Winter Stakes at Rosehill is the final black type race of the season and who better to win it than this seasons training superstar Peter Snowden.

Scarf got the job done as a well backed favourite and in doing so gave Snowden his 45th black type win of the 2010 / 2011 season.

It caps off what has been a remarkable 12 months with the Darley team claiming more winners and more prize money than any other operation.

The jewel in their crown no doubt being the juvenile Group 1 clean sweep which will continue to pay dividends both on track and in future at stud.

The latest glory though belongs to Scarf which sat in a perfect spot during the early stages of the race before proving far too good to get home by a clear margin and pick up the $100,000 Listed event.

Devils Arcade flashed home well late to give a bit of a scare but it was never going to be enough form the gutsy winner.

Madibagold battled away for third but there was a decisive margin between the first two and the field.

Scarf was a hot tip in his previous start as well but after coming home ninth to Little Surfer Girl over 1350m Snowden said he wanted to give the horse every possible chance.

“We wanted to take the bad luck out of the race and ride him positively,” he said.

“Kerrin (McEvoy) was able to do that on Scarf and it was a very good effort by the three-year-old to beat the older horses.

“He took all the bad luck out of the race.

“It’s a good sign for the three-year-old against these older horses.”

Scarf has always showed promise in the lower grades, he’s won six from 11 starts but this is was his first at black type level.

It boosts his prize money over the $300,000 mark but Snowden isn’t about to rush into a Group race assault during the spring.

“I don’t know if Scarf is a spring carnival horse,” he said.

“I don’t think he is quite there yet because he is still a bit quirky but it’s impossible to fault his form.

“He’ll back up in a couple of weeks in the Winter Championship Final and then we will have a think where we go with him.”

The Winter Championship is a $100,000 race held at Rosehill on July 30th, jockey Kerrin McEvoy keen to get back on the horse for that event as well.

“He is still learning and will get better,” McEvoy said.

“He is building up a good record.

“He has now six of 11 start and four of five this prep.

“He has always been a big baby but he is showing signs that he is understanding what he has to do.

“He is a progressive horse and will only get better.”

As he claims an incredible 45 stakes wins for the season. Snowden reflects on what has been an incredible journey.

“It’s been an amazing season, it’s difficult to put into words,” Snowden said.

“The two-year-olds have been fantastic, our three-year-olds like Retrieve, Erewhon and Scarf have stood up, and we have had some good older horses, particularly Beaded.

“You always try to better yourself every year but how we top this I don’t know.”

Scarf’s victory also brought up the 13th stakes win for Lohnro as a sire, a unique one in itself given Scarf’s striking colouring.

“You don’t see many grey Lonhros but it’s very dominant on his dam Muffle’s side,” Snowden said.

While Snowden’s season has been spectacular, the fact he’s spread it around Australia means he’s a long way behind Chris Waller in the Sydney Trainers Premiership.

He’s currently on level points with Gai Waterhouse with only a handful of opportunities left for the season.

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