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Her run was too bad to be true in Group 2 Thumb Light ten days ago, and Randwick coach John Sargent believes there are good reasons for the man’s poor performance. Winner of Group 2 Four Moves Ahead.
After galloping up from a wide fence and racing sharp in front, Snitzel faded to finish in 13th place after seven races. Jockey Nash Rawiller gave her an easy time in the final match, sitting up in the iron and not riding her across the line.
The three-year-old will find a way to hit back at a similar field in $500,000 Shares Around Group 1 at Royal Randwick this Saturday.
“We tried using the flash and it didn’t work, so we’re removing them,” says Sargent.
“Now that the rain has come, it will suit her and hopefully we can change it.
“She likes the wetness and she did a good job this morning. Obviously she’s going to have to improve to beat Espiona and Fangirl, but she’s been running from the start and I’m really pleased with her. ”
Sargent will also prop up her lucrative Mayrose in the Midway Handicap, who showed she’s back to good with a snappy win at the Canterbury first division. Pride Of Dubai’s progeny returned to the good pitch to only score for Vivid Flash late in the line.
“She took a moment, she was a tall three-year-old,” Sargent said.
“It will be affected by rain and the major road in Randwick will be suitable. She has continued since her victory at Canterbury. ”
Sargent nominated his well-related two-year-old stout, chubby Miss Faberge for 200,000 USD Deposit for Group 2 Sweet Embrace, a race that Four Moves Ahead won last year. Daughters of the Russian Revolution had a start so far, finishing seventh in Pierro Plate, beating a touch more than two lengths.
Sargent said: “She was half of (Group 1 winner) Criterion and Comin ‘Through, very well bred.
“It was the last mare (Mica’s Pride) for Sir Owen Glenn, and she was very unlucky the first time around.
“She does a great job and the breed doesn’t mind being off the track. Nash Rawiller gets on board so we’ll get a rider to win Group 1.”
Outlandos defiant officially will compete the Handicap 88 over 2000m for Sargent, and boasts a two-to-two record when racing in the run. After finding only one better man on the Gold Coast, the Outlandos proved too strong to cross the 2400m at Randwick on February 12.
“He did very well. He came back from Magic Millions after finishing second, and then won with Hugh Bowman on board,” Sargent said.
“Hugh comes back this Saturday and we’re going to drop 2000m from the 2400m, but I think the rain will make it more like a 2400m race.
“I am very pleased with him, he is a lovely horse that will probably go through one of the listed races on the ground.”
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