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Snowden Racing | Snowden Racing News 54859 Snowdens Enjoy Hot Juvenile Run

Snowdens enjoy hot juvenile run

Fri, Jan 6, 2023

Snowdens enjoy hot juvenile run

There is a somewhat disturbing theme running through Peter and Paul Snowden's juvenile team this season and it is not concerning their remarkable early season strike-rate.

Instead, there appears to be a rush of gangland figures infiltrating the yard, with two more notable names set to represent the stable early next week.

"It's remarkable really as this season we've got all these underworld names," Peter Snowden said on Friday.

"We've already seen Godfather, who won a Stakes race on debut and who we hope can make the Magic Millions line-up and then there's Don Corleone and Mafia, who are down to trial next week."

Just a week into the new year, the Snowdens seemingly hold all the cards for the juvenile features this season after enjoying six individual juvenile winners already this season.

They have the two favourites for next Saturday's $2 million Magic Millions in Empire Of Japan and Sovereign Fund as well as the early favourite in I Am Invincible colt King's Gambit for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

And the run of class juveniles is set to continue with seven two-year-olds set to trial at Randwick on Monday. Of those, five are unraced, but all have potential, according to Snowden senior.

"King's Gambit may go there and he's certainly one of our best ones and Don Corleone in his work certainly is as well, although we'd like to see that on race day," Snowden said.

"Mafia is a nice, well-bred horse who I am not sure is an A-grader but moves well.

"Heman is a nice horse by I Am Invincible and we might trial Zoustar colt To The World but he is shaping more of a late season two-year-old."

Unraced More Than Ready filly August Bloom is also down to trial on Monday.

The Snowdens' stellar start to the juvenile season:

1/10/22 - EMPIRE OF JAPAN won G3 Breeder's Plate (1000m), Randwick at $5.50

8/10/22 - KING'S GAMBIT won Listed Debutante Stakes (1000m), Caulfield at $2.90

12/10/22 - DIVINE GLORY won 2YO Plate (1000m), Warwick Farm at $1.35

10/12/22 - GODFATHER won Listed Phelan Ready Plate (1000m) at $1.45

14/12/22 - SOVEREIGN FUND won Listed 2YO Classic (1100m) at $6

31/12/22 - SOVEREIGN FUND won 2YO Hcp (1200m) at $1.70

Snowden said he is delighted with how the season has started with his young horses but said the majors are still to be run.

"We are very fortunate with the young horses we have," he said. "It's been a good start, but we want it to be a big finish.

"They are all well-bred horses that have shown good ability. I'd like to see them trial as well as they have been working."

Although most of their juvenile team has not yet made it to the races, sights are already being set on next year's crop with Snowden's son Paul doing a lot of the heavy lifting as far as inspecting yearlings goes ahead of next week's Magic Millions sales.

Snowden said that while luck is always a factor when assessing and ultimately buying well-bred young horses, there is no substitute for hard work.

"It (inspecting yearlings) takes a hell of lot of work," he said.

"It takes a lot of time and taking your time is important. It doesn't always give you results, but it gives you a good chance."