Brilliant young Arrowfield sire Snitzel turbo-charged his record with a new stakes winner in Melbourne and two outstanding Group 1 performers on a glittering afternoon of racing on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill.
All three horses are Arrowfield-breds, sold under the Bellerive Stud banner at the 2010 and 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sales.
Flying Snitzel (2f Snitzel – Hula Flight by Hula Town) opened the day’s proceedings with a powerful victory in the G3 The Schweppervescence (1400m). She races for a group of owners assembled by Triple Crown Syndications who purchased her for $25,000. Bred by the Arrowfield – Jungle Pocket partnership, she is Snitzel’s sixth stakes winner and his third this season after Hot Snitzel and Snitzerland.
Aliyana Tilde (3f Snitzel – Patronella by Mister C) secured third placing behind Mosheen and Streama in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) two races later. She was a $50,000 buy in 2010 for Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker.
Sheila’s Star (4m Snitzel – Northeast Sheila by Keltrice) then weighed in with another winning result at Caulfield. The progressive Rangal Park-bred mare posted an almost four lengths in her fifth career win, and third consecutive victory this year.
Then it was time for the $3.50 million G1 Golden Slipper (1200m). Snitzerland’s appearance in the mounting yard indicated that trainer Gerald Ryan had her cherry-ripe for the task, and she ran accordingly, leading the field into the straight and kicking strongly for home. The filly’s jockey Corey Brown said afterwards, “I had the easiest run in front. I let her roll from the 400 metres and thought I was the winner.”
However, the Gai Waterhouse-trained colt Pierro overtook her late to score by a long neck and they were 1.5 lengths ahead of favourite Samaready. Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Doubtfilly delighted her owners with a brave fourth-place finish.
Snitzerland’s earnings now total $875,000 and Snitzel holds fourth position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with over $1.57 million. Snitzerland and Aliyana Tilde take Snitzel’s tally of Group 1 perforrmers to three, after Hot Snitzel who was runner-up in last year’s BRC T.J. Smith Stakes.