Snowden has spring clean up in mind for promising gallopers
Two of Peter Snowden’s most promising three-year-olds, Fravashi and Offenders, won’t be seen again until spring following their wins at Randwick and Flemington on Saturday.
Paul Snowden, Melbourne foreman for his father, said the stable had always had a good opinion of Canny Lad gelding Offenders who like dual Group Two winner Fravashi is owned by Sheikh Mohammed.
"We’ve always had a good wrap on the horse and he had two months in the paddock after the spring and I think that was the making of him," he said of Offenders.
"We were always going to put him back in the paddock again after today, win, lose or draw and he can come back for the spring.
"It’s only time with him. He’s a good doer at home but he’s a lightly-framed horse and it’s just taken him a long time to build into that frame.
"Hopefully it will pay dividends."
Offenders crossed from the outside barrier in the 11-horse Living Legends Rogan Josh Hcp (1400m) to sit off the leader Tumbulgum before dashing clear in the straight to score by more than two lengths from 100-1 shot Awimoweh with Rock Home Late a short-half-head away third.
Offenders, who has raced six times for three wins, two seconds and a fourth, impressed Symons who was having his first race ride on him.
"He has a great turn of foot," he said.
Offenders was having his first metropolitan start after a first up 4-1/2 length win in a Ballarat 1200m three-year-old maiden on February 26 and a two length victory at Cranbourne over 1400m on March 22.
Peter Snowden said he believed Fravashi would develop into a Group One horse in the spring following his determined win in the Group Three South Pacific Classic (1400m).
He said the trip had been ideal for the Falbrav colt who was still immature and would benefit from a spell with big spring races up to 1600m in mind.
"He’s a lovely horse but has been very immature and that’s why he didn’t race in the spring," Snowden said.
"He has beaten himself more often than not but has a big future.
"That’s why he will go for a spell now. I think he will be a Group One horse in the spring.
"He will be entered for all the big races up to a mile.
"I think the 1600 metres pulls him up, he is a genuine sprinter-miler but probably not further."
Fravashi has five wins and two placings from 10 starts and registered a win over subsequent Group One winner Nicconi in the Group Two D’Urban Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in February.