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Snowden stable delighted with Soul


The Peter Snowden stable is delighted with the way two-year-old Soul has trained on since his debut win and expects him to be hard to beat again at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Commands gelding was sent out at $12 when he upset the confidently-supported favourite Breitling over 1000m on a heavy track at Flemington on June 26.
“That was a good effort, a tidy win and it was no surprise,” Snowden said.

Snowden said his son Paul, his stable foreman in Melbourne, had been keen on Soul as he had pleased him in two jumpouts at Flemington before his debut win.
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“Paul’s been saying for quite a while that he’s a really nice horse,” the trainer said.

“There’s not a lot of him but what you see is all racehorse and he’s very professional too.

“He knows his job well and there was no fluke about his win.

“He’s certainly trained on and I know they (the Melbourne staff) are very happy with the way he has worked through the week so it will be no surprise from his good draw to see him run well again tomorrow.”

Craig Newitt retains the mount on Soul who has drawn barrier three in the Inglis Bonus Hcp (1000m).

“I think he’ll be better suited at 1200 metres and 1400 metres but he has enough pace to put himself into the race and give himself every chance,” Snowden said.

Soul is out of the three-time city-winning Night Shift mare Marvilha who is a half-sister to Group One winners, the recently retired Denman and Preserve.

Denman, the winner of nine of his 12 starts including the 2009 Group One Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill, will return from Great Britain where he did not race and stand at Darley’s Kelvinside Stud in NSW’s Hunter Valley this spring.

Soul is $3.40 favourite with TAB Sportsbet, just shading the Robert Smerdon-trained Lonhro colt Breitling at $3.50 with the Mark Kavanagh-trained debutant Too Deadly at $5.50 and the Peter Moody-prepared Achievements next best at $8.50.

Breitling meets Soul 1.5kg better for a 1-3/4 length defeat but has drawn wide in barrier 13 in the 14-horse field.