Gerald Ryan has always rated Flying Snitzel as a filly with Group 1 potential but, like the rest of the Super Saturday crowd at Flemington, he was stunned when the Sydney visitor produced a breath-taking sprint to win the G2 Kewney Stakes (1400m).
The Bart Cummings trained favourite Norzita (Thorn Park) appeared home when she shook off Lindsay Park filly Red Fez (Red Ransom) at the furlong.
Flying Snitzel (3f Snitzel – Hula Flight by Hula Town) had given Shilly Shally Miss a side-swipe to angle clear at the top of the straight but she was still giving the leaders at least four lengths at the clock-tower. “Norzita was cruising and, at best, I hoped we could run third,” Ryan declared. “What an incredible win.”
Ryan will keep the winner in Melbourne with firm tracks underneath compared to the Harbour City. The Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 22 is her next assignment ahead of a possible trip to Adelaide.
Arrowfield sire Snitzel got the winner from G1 winner Hula Flight (1996 AJC Metropolitan). Triple Crown Bloodstock owners Michael and Chris Ward bought her for $25,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
The Ward brothers also race brilliant colt Hot Snitzel (G2 Qld Sires’ Produce Stakes & G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes) with Ryan and he is ready to resume racing in the next month.
Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) claimed a stakes double later in the day when Petrol Power was an odds-on winner of the LR Supremacy Stakes in Perth.
– Karl Patterson