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Snowden Has High Hopes For Sidestep This Spring

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Leading trainer Peter Snowden is in charge of an incredibly talented stable of two-years-olds but in his opinion Sidestep could be the most exciting of them all.

Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep will return to the races in the next month before contesting the Golden Rose. Photo by: Steve Hart

Sidestep had a successful juvenile campaign, which was highlighted by a victory in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and a second place finish behind Overreach in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), but was overshadowed by stablemate Guelph who was victorious in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Snowden told Racing Ahead that Sidestep has returned from the spelling paddock in sensational condition and believes the son of Exceed And Excel could even outshine Guelph during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

“I feel that he has come back a better horse and, touch wood, everything is going great with him,” Snowden said on RSN.

“I think that there is a lot of upside to him and there is exciting times ahead of him.

“Guelph has done it and if she holds that sort of form going into her three year old prep she will be very competitive and hard to beat but I do think Sidestep is the more exciting horse as we definitely haven’t seen the best from him.”

Sidestep is set to resume in either the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 17 or the Group 3 The Run To The Roses (1200m) on August 31 before having a crack at the Group 1 Golden Rose (1600m)  a fortnight later.

Snowden quinelled the 2012 Golden Rose, with Epaulette and Albrecht, and with his current crop of rising three-year-olds is a chance to do the same in 2013.

The leading trainer first won the $1 million race with Denman in 2009.

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Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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