Horse Racing: Shooting for 15 straight wins it was Winx’s race to lose in the 1600m Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick, and she never looked in doubt.
PETER Snowden hasn’t given up hope of Khan winning the Golden Slipper but concedes the Sires’ and Champagne Stakes will be his best shot at Group 1 glory this autumn.
Snowden is adamant Khan will bounce back following his disappointing last in the Silver Slipper Stakes first-up at Rosehill but just where he runs this weekend remains to be seen.
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Khan has been nominated for both Saturday’s Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and Sunday’s Black Opal (1200m) at Canberra and will most likely start at the track that receives less rain this week.
Snowden confirmed Khan will take his place in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on March 18 but concedes you won’t see the best of him until he stretches out to 1400m and a mile.
“I’m not ruling him out in a Slipper but I definitely think the 1400m (Sires’) and mile race (Champagne) are the right races for him,” Snowden said. “As a punter looking at (his first-up run) you would say ‘yeah, he was disappointing’ but I’m sure he will bounce back.
“He jumped really well and had to be dragged right back and then the pace dropped right off and he had a lot of work to do from the 600m.
“He is fine, his work has been good and I can’t fault him that way.”
While Khan could yet start in the Black Opal, Team Snowden should have at least Gunnison or Invader in the Todman.
“They will be in both places and it will be the same (as Khan) wherever we think they are best placed,” Snowden said. “Gunnison is coming off a bush win but it was a good win and Invader has always shown nice ability.
“(Invader) seemed to get through (the ground) pretty well (Tuesday) morning and it was a heavy 9 on the (Randwick) course proper and we won’t be frightened on Saturday if it’s wet here.”
The Snowdens will also saddle up Acatour in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Redzel in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
“Acatour will run well and we worked him in blinkers (Tuesday) which he will probably wear (for the first time in a race) on Saturday,” Snowden said. “I thought his first-up run was good but I think he will be better again second-up at a mile.
“Redzel has been set for this race and we were going to run him in the Lightning but his trial (on February 6) was just OK but his trial (on February 20) was excellent.
“He is ready to go now and he looks brilliant.”
Nancy and Serene Majesty will most likely run in the Wenona Girl Quality at Randwick but Artistry is unlikely to start in the Group 3 event if the track is wet as expected.
ORDER OF ENTRY
Exempt SHE WILL REIGN (f) Gary Portelli $162,550
Exempt DIAMOND TATHAGATA (c) Mark Newnham $117,000
Exempt ONE MORE HONEY (f) John P Thompson Not Nominated
3 CATCHY (f) Team Hayes $1,102,000
4 PARIAH (c) Peter & Paul Snowden $391,750
5 FORMALITY (f) Team Hayes $230,400
6 VERANILLO (c) John O’Shea $172,675
7 TEASPOON (f) Michael Freedman $158,250
8 TULIP (f) Team Hayes $138,500
9 WAIT FOR NO ONE (c) Team Hayes $137,000
10 SERENA BAY (f) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott $101,550
11 KHAN (c) Peter & Paul Snowden $92,225
12 INVINCIBLE STAR (f) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott $91,500
13 JORDA (f) John O’Shea $89,100
14 MADEENATY (f) Team Hayes $86,700
15 DUCIMUS (c) Team Hawkes $85,850
16 EXCEEDS (f) James Cummings $84,750
17 MENARI (c) Gerald Ryan $82,500
18 HOUTZEN (f) Toby Edmonds $80,400
19 CAO CAO (c) Mick Price $75,000
20 ROOMOOZ (f) Tony McEvoy $64,500