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Jul 2024

Ka Bling Lands Listed Ramornie

The Peter and Paul Snowden stable has a great record in the $200,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton  and they won it for a sixth time on Wednesday when consistent five year-old Capitalist gelding Ka Bling dived through late to snatch victory. Having his third run back from a spell, Ka Bling was ready to fire and under a well timed ride from Andrew Adkins was able to score by a neck in a hectic finish. Peter Snowden was at the track to greet Ka Bling, who is his sixth winner of the Ramornie following victories by Pinwheel, Jerezana, Calanda, Signore Fox and Ranges, the last three of those achieved in partnership with Paul. "It has been a great race to us and to win it for the sixth time is very satisfying," said Peter Snowden, who was full of praise for Andrew Adkins. "He is one that has kept on improving with every preparation. He was an average horse as a two and three-year-old, but he has got through to stakes level and to win a race like the Ramornie is a great reward for him." "It was a good ride and the horse was very tough." Ka Bling was a $200,000 Inglis Easter Round 2 Sale purchase from Macquarie Stud for Snowden Racing and has the overall record of seven wins and 11 placings from 29 starts with prizemoney topping $480,000. He is now the best of five winners from Group III winning Redoute’s Choice mare Zingaling, who is also the grand-dam of Russian Revolution stakes-winner Brudenell.There is plenty of Black Type in this female family that also features Group I winner Inspirational Girl and Group II winner Demonetization.Zingaling has been a regular visitor to Newgate Farm’s Capitalist and also has two year-old and yearling fillies by the son of Written Tycoon and is now in foal to Russian Revolution.Ka Bling is the 20th lifetime stakes-winner and seventh in Australia this season for Capitalist, who is the youngest stallion in the Top 10 Australian Sires by earnings with 135 winners of over $11million in prizemoney.Copy: Breednet


Jul 2024

Million Dollar Snitzel Filly Sakima Breaks Maiden

On Wednesday, expensive Snitzel filly Sakima showed she learnt from her debut fifth at Canterbury in March when opening her winning account in the Drinkwise Maiden Plate (1100) for 2-year-old fillies at Randwick-Kensington.   Ridden by Jason Collett for Peter and Paul Snowden, Sakima settled back near the tail of the 7-horse field. Angled out to the centre of the track, the daughter of Snizel let down impressively to defeat the game So You Think debutant Queen’s Rhapsody by a length, with the Written Tycoon filly Alinea two lengths back in third. Sakima was a $1,250,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Snowden Racing/William Johnson Bloodstock (FBAA)/Trilogy Racing. “It was good to see her do that. She’s always promised a bit, and she is a well-related filly, and it was a good win first-up,” Peter Snowden said. “She is not the finished product. She’s from a good family, so hopefully, she can go on with it and win a good race. A half-sister to the stakes-placed winner Russian Conquest (Russian Revolution) and the US stakes-paced winner Bourbon War (Tapit), Sakima is the third winner for the top-class Artie Schiller (USA) mare My Conquestadory (USA). The winner of the Grade 1 Keeneland Alcibiades Stakes, My Conquestadory (USA) was a US$1,500,000 purchase for SF Bloodstock & Newgate Farm at the Keeneland 2016 November Breeding Stock Sale. Lime Country Thoroughbreds and Ravenswood Bloodstock teamed up to buy Russian Conquest for $580,000 from the Newgate consignment at the 2024 National Broodmare Sale. After foaling another Russian Revolution filly last spring, My Conquestadory (USA) was covered by Snitzel. Sakima is the 14th 2-year-old winner of the season for Snitzel, who trails Written Tycoon on 17.Copy: Breednet


Jul 2024

Xidaki Captured G3 Winx Guineas

The $300,000 G3 Winx Guineas (1600m) was postponed from last Saturday at the Sunshine Coast due to a rain-soaked track and while the track on Sunday was still a heavy 9 it was a safe surface with Widden Stud’s champion sire Zoustar delivering a quinella with progressive gelding Xidaki edging out the Victorian trained filly Miss Aria.Winner of the Listed Canberra Guineas in March, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Xidaki has been in work since well before Christmas but has maintained his form and was strong to the line for Vlad Duric to score a head win in his first try at 1600m. "It has been a bit stop and start with him but he's just such a genuine racehorse. He's a real giver, he's a real trier and those sort of horses get these wins,” said Peter Snowden. "The preparation I gave him, I've been doubting myself all week and when we didn't front up last week I thought it would be too hard a job but the horse that beat him I think has won two since he him. "It is tremendous effort. Good effort by the team again to come up and keep him up. I've got to say that I was worried. They weren't the instructions we gave there before the race, to get that far back. "But he rounded them up quick and he was very strong late." Retained to race by his breeder, Xidaki is the best of four winners from four foals to race from minor winning General Nediym mare Athanea, who claims blue hen Lady Giselle, the dam of Zabeel as her third dam. This branch of the family has also produced dual G1-winning sire Hallowed Crown. Athanea has been a regular visitor to Widden Stud and had a filly by Trapeze Artist last spring and was then covered by Portland Sky. Xidaki is one of 17 Australian stakes-winners this season for Zoustar, who will cover a full book this spring at a fee of $275,000. News: Breednet


Jun 2024

Million Dollar Colts Battle at Randwick

The 1150m maiden at Randwick on Wednesday for colts and geldings produced a quinella for a couple of million dollar two year-old colts with Braveheart, the $1.3million full brother to King of Sparta, too good for Everybody Rise, $1.4million full brother to Russian Revolution. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, I Am Invincible colt Braveheart brought up a race to race double for the stable and his sire following on from a brilliant debut win for I Found You in the opening race. Braveheart clocked slightly slower time, but still did a great job at his second start improving sharply on his debut sixth at Hawkesbury last month. He slipped through on the inside for Tommy Berry and kicked clear before holding off the challenge of Everybody Rise to win by the best part of a length.A $1.3million Inglis Easter purchase from Yarraman Park for China Horse Club / Newgate / Go Bloodstock / Trilogy, Braveheart is the fifth winner from six to race out of Group III winner Octavia and is a full brother to $3.5million earning multiple Group winner King of Sparta, who is also trained by the Snowden’s. “He’s done a good job, although still an immature horse. We really liked him as a yearling, but he went through a spurt and then he went a bit plain, but he’s on his way again now,” said Peter Snowden. “He improved a lot off his last run and we saw it in his work and he showed it today. “I think he can go on it with it and I’m sure he’ll be better on top of the ground. Octavia is now in foal to again to champion sire I Am Invincible, who has sired eight two year-old winners this season headed by his Group I winning colt in New Zealand Move to Strike and Group III winning colt here in Australia in Bodyguard.


Jun 2024

Perfect Debut for $1.3million I Am Invincible Filly

Pedigree watchers and trial watchers have been waiting with bated breath for a while now on the Peter and Snowden trained I Am Invincible filly I Found You who put the writing on the wall last month when beating Group I winning colt Broadsiding in a barrier trial at Randwick. The stable selected an 1150m fillies and mares maiden for the two year-old at Randwick on Wednesday and she had no trouble demolishing her older rivals to win as she pleased. Ridden by James McDonald, I Found You turned in a text book performance, jumping well to travel sweetly sit behind the leaders and when asked to accelerate she dropped them easily to win by three and three-quarter lengths with blueblood three year-old Kingman filly Fiorenza rattling home for second on debut. “She was really good and has taken a bit of a blow afterwards suggesting there is plenty of improvement in her as well,” said James McDonald. “She’s a well educated racy type of filly that will shoot through the grades.”A $1.3million Inglis Easter purchase for China Horse Club from the Cressfeld draft, she is a half-sister to Group I winner Shooting to Win, Group II winner Deep Field and stakes-winner Zaniah being from blue hen Listen Here, who made $3.4million at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale when bought by a partnership involving Cressfield and China Horse Club. “She’s been a like a little Christmas present sitting under the tree that we’ve been waiting for three weeks to open to it’s good to see her do that today,” said Peter Snowden. “China Horse Club have been very patient. She’s a filly that was a bit immature, but she’s starting to fill out and furnish and will keep getting better and I think the autumn will be when we see the best of her. “We’ll push on now and give her another run or two so she gets that good grounding and in six months that will be when she’s really ready.” I Found You is the eighth winner from eight foals to race from Listen Here, a stakes-winning Elusive Quality (USA) mare, who traces in tail female line to legendary matriarch Eight Carat (GB), via the Cotehele House (GB) branch of the family made famous by five time Group I winner Danewin and leading sire Commands. Listen Here had no yearling for the sales this year, but produced a colt last spring by Zoustar and is now in foal to Russian Revolution.Copy: Breednet


Apr 2024

Huetor Back to His Best in JRA Plate

It’s a day of comebacks at Randwick, and it was the turn of dual Doomben Cup hero Huetor (Fr) to put his best hoof forward in the Group III Toyota Forklifts JRA Plate (2000m).Ridden by Nash Rawiller for Peter and Paul Snowden, the 7-year-old son of Archipenko (USA) stuck hard up against the rail to defeat the Verdi gelding Goldman by two and a quarter lengths with the 6-year-old Shocking gelding Hezashocka one and three-quarter lengths back in third.Paul Snowden said Huetor (Fr) is gradually working up to his best after overcoming a serious eye injury.“We’re starting to get there,” he said.“Honestly, there were plenty of excuses in his first-up run. He got caught behind a horse that was going nowhere. He got dragged back through the ruck and he’s a horse once you start to let him come up underneath you, you’ve got to really go with him and just keep pointing him in the right direction.”“You can’t stop and start him. Believe it or not, I reckon he’s won about four or five races just cutting the corner and coming up the fence like that.”“I believe he’s going better than what his last run suggests. It is a little shock because he has struggled in these heavy conditions before. But obviously, we’re heading up to the Hollindale and the Doomben Cup, and he’s going up there in really good form.”“Lauren, who looks after this horse, has lived with him day and night. We actually took him out of the hospital and we cared for him ourselves, and there’s no better than being at home and trying to get them a little bit better and a little more comfortable. It’s all testament to her and what she did for him to get him back as good as he has. And it’s a good result for everyone.”Nash Rawiller confided he was thrilled to be gifted an inside run.“I think the fence has been pretty good all day,” Rawiller said.“He drew one, I let him find his feet. He’s probably not rock-hard fit yet but he was able to conserve his energy in the run. Like I said to connections before the race, ‘if we get to the half-mile and we’re going alright, we’ll know we’re a chance’ because the ground might have found him out by then.“You could see there that he was travelling, and he’s got a terrific turn of foot, we know that. You don’t win Doomben Cups if you don’t have that sort of ability.”Huetor (FR) advances his record to eight wins, one second, and three thirds from 30 starts with earnings of $1,877,271.Bred by Sarl Darpat France, Huetor (FR) is a half-brother to the 2019 Group 1 Longchamp Prix de l'Opera winner Villa Marina (Le Havre).They are two of the six winners from ten to race out of the stakes-winning Peintre Celebre mare Briviesca.The Group 1 HK Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner Archipenko (Kingmambo), died at Lanwades Stud in 2017 at the age of 13.Copy: Breednet


Mar 2024

Drifting Wins G3 Magic Night

It was a Widden Stud sired trifecta in the $350,000 Group III ATC Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday with first and third home Drifting and Chateau Miraval by first season sire Zousain, while Trapeze Artist filly Fly Fly split the pair to snatch second.Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Drifting kicked off her career with an easy win at Hawkesbury last month and then showed her talent with a good second to Bold Bastille in the Listed VRC Furphy Stakes at Flemington on March 2.Returned to Sydney and stepping up to 1200m for the first time, Drifting enjoyed a good run in transit for Tom Sherry and was strong to the line winning by more than a length.Paul Snowden was non-committal as regards Drifting backing up next Saturday for the Group I ATC Golden Slipper from which she is now exempt from ballot.“We’ll give her every opportunity and she has all week,” said Paul Snowden.“She’s pretty tough and has bounced back through her runs pretty quick and she’s been to Melbourne and back and it hasn’t fazed her at all, so it will be up to her and we’ll probably know on Tuesday.”Tom Sherry won the maiden on Drifting and has been keen to stick with her.“When she flattens out she gives you that good feel and I think if something challenged her she would have gone again,” Sherry said.“She has a lovely demeanour and a great attitude, so we’ll see where she ends up from here.”A $160,000 Inglis Classic purchase from Murrulla Stud for Snowden Racing / William Johnson Bloodstock, Drifting runs for a big group of happy owners including the Snowden family and has already banked nearly $200,000 with two wins and a second from three starts.Bred by Baddock Bloodstock, Drifting is the third winner from three foals to race from Backpacker Express, a half-sister by Big Brown (USA) to Group II winning filly Downhill Racer from the family of Group II winner Schubert.Backpacker Express was bought by Murrulla Stud at the 2022 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for just $20,000, so is looking like an absolute bargain! She had a filly by Heroic Valour last spring and is now in foal to Profiteer.Murrulla Stud offered the full sister to Drifting at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, but she passed in shy of her $100,000 reserve.Drifting is the first stakes-winner for Zoustar’s Group II winning son Zousain, who has had great support in his first four seasons at stud and covered 189 mares last spring at a fee of $22,000.Copy: Breednet


Jan 2024

King of Sparta Loves the Gold Coast!

Yarraman Park bred, sold and co-owned I Am Invincible gelding King of Sparta captured the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in 2022, the Magic Millions Sprint in 2023 and returned to the Gold Coast on Saturday to do it all again scoring a commanding win in the $1million Magic Millions Snippets (1200m).The Peter and Paul Snowden trained King Of Sparta was backed as though unbeatable and proved to be exactly that. Ridden by James McDonald he showed his class to cruise clear and win by a couple of lengths in 1:08.26 seconds.Peter Snowden had some anxious moments after the start when King of Sparta had drifted back in the field, but it all came together when it mattered.“I said to J-Mac that he's better than these horses and he can afford to give them a bit of a start when you get him balanced but when he jumped and stepped like that I thought 'my God, I might have said too much there',” said Peter Snowden."But at the 600-metre mark he started to truck up and he went around them a couple of strides and he's a pretty talented horse. With the sorts of horses he's been meeting compared to today - without putting any of those horses down here today - he's been running against elite, Everest horses and running well."He thoroughly deserved the win."Someone asked this morning what we'd do after today and I said get him ready for next year."Some horses thrive on work and this horse is the opposite. The fresher he is the better and that turn-of-foot today was outstanding." A $700,000 yearling purchase for China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Starlight Racing from Yarraman Park at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, King of Sparta was gelded after just four runs and his overall record is now seven wins and seven placings from 27 starts with prizemoney topping $3.2million. After being gelded he had a change of ownership and King Of Sparta is now raced by a syndicate headed by Yarraman Park and is the fourth foal, and best performer to date for Group III winning Holly Roman Emperor (IRE) mare Octavia, who is back in foal again to I Am Invincible.News from Breednet


Nov 2023

Unspoken takes out the Five Diamonds

Unspoken has continued his rise through the ranks this spring with the biggest victory of his career in the $2 million Five Diamonds at Rosehill. The imported Unspoken ($7.50) had been unbeaten in three starts so far this campaign on his way to Saturday’s rich race for five-year-olds, and he stepped up again to defeat a gallant Zoumon ($21) by a head. Detonator Jack ($11) closed the race off well for third, another neck away, while favourite Antino ($2.20) was slowly away and struck some traffic in the home straight before finishing 10th in the field of 14. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said five-year-old Unspoken had now acclimatised to Australia in his second campaign here and the proof of that has been in the gelding’s performances this campaign. “It’s been a really solid preparation from him, he’s unbeaten,” Snowden said. The Five Diamonds was run over 1800m but Snowden is convinced the gelding will relish racing over more ground next campaign. “He’s bred to get a lot longer than this,” Snowden said. “He probably could end up in a Caulfield Cup next year. “We pushed him out in distance last prep and this is where the acclimatisation comes in, he just wasn’t ready. “He wasn’t putting it all together on race day. At home he’s a lovely, relaxed animal but this prep has been a completely different kettle of fish.” Jockey Tom Sherry positioned Unspoken just behind the leaders before making his run in the home straight. Zoumon continued to fight on the inside but Unspoken was not to be denied, giving Sherry one of his biggest wins. “Prizemoney-wise it’s my biggest win,” Sherry said. “I’ve won a Group Two and got a great thrill out of that but this was special. “Peter and Paul keep believing in me, and giving me back the ride. “The horse was brilliant, I really enjoyed that.”