Snowden's two-pronged charge for Ramornie
WELL-respected Peter Snowden, now training in partnership with son Paul, is likely to make a two-pronged attack at winning the $150,000 Crowe Horwath Ramornie (1200m) with Dothraki and I've Got The Looks.
As head trainer for the Darley stable, now Godolphin, Snowden won the $1 million July Racing Carnival feature sprint for Sheikh Mohammed with Pinwheel (2010) and Jerezana (2011).
Now he's out to win it in his own right.
"The Ramornie is a great race," Snowden said this week. "It's well respected and carries a big badge as far as I'm concerned.
"I've been lucky enough to win it twice. To win it again, training with Paul, would be very special."
Dothraki, a four-year-old gelding by Mossman, burst into Ramornie calculations with a highly impressive win in the Group Three Tattersall's 150th Anniversary Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
"The Ramornie has been on the radar for some time with him," Snowden said. "We wanted to see how he got through Saturday first before committing.
"It showed he is right on track for the Ramornie, which looks an ideal race for him.
"The horse has a lot of owners and they're all excited about having a runner in the Ramornie."
The Snowdens have enjoyed fantastic success in their first full season, winning five Group One races and having 76 winners all up.
"Beyond our expectations," Snowden suggested.
I've Got The Looks, a five-year-old mare by Choisir and winner of eight from 20 starts, has also been in rich form during the Brisbane winter carnival, including back to back 1200m Listed wins - the Silk Stocking and Juanmo Stakes. "She deserves her chance in a race like the Ramornie."