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Slipper runner-up gearing up for spring


Slipper runner-up gearing up for springGolden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland goes into pre-training this week with trainer Gerald Ryan excited about her spring prospects.

The filly was the surprise packet in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, finishing a long neck behind Pierro and 1-1/2 lengths in front of third placed Samaready who started favourite.

Pierro is already being spoken of as a Cox Plate contender while Samaready will be aimed at the Thousand Guineas.

Snitzerland will take a different path with her Group One goal the Coolmore Stakes (1200m) on the final day of the Flemington Melbourne Cup carnival.

“I’ve seen her recently and she looks sensational,” Ryan said.

“She goes back into pre-training on Monday.

“She will get weighed then but she went out at 480 kilograms and I would be surprised if she isn’t 520 now.

“I expect her to be back in the stable in a couple of weeks to begin her training.

“She will probably only have one start in Sydney then go to Melbourne for the sprint races there.

“The Coolmore Stakes is the aim and she will be kept purely to sprint races.”

Snitzerland’s two wins from five starts include the Group Three Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in March.

Ryan is naturally a fan of her sire Snitzel who he trained to win the 2006 Oakleigh Plate.

He will send another of Snitzel’s progeny, Dances On Stars, round in Saturday’s TJ Smith at Eagle Farm in an attempt to give the stallion his first Group One victory.

Dances On Stars is a $14 chance to beat with another son of Snitzel, Sizzling, who is the dominant favourite.