There was little information to guide punters about the prospects of Snitzerland when she lined up in the Listed VRC Ottawa Stakes (1000m) on Melbourne Cup day.
The Arrowfield Stud bred daughter of Snitzel had not even trialled before she arrived at Flemington on one of the world’s biggest race days. The smart money didn’t miss her though; she started at single-figure odds and put up a thoroughly professional performance to finish a half-head second to Applegate.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said Snitzerland was effectively still on her breaking-in preparation after an injury had interrupted her education during the winter.
Ryan has several promising youngsters in his stable from Snitzel’s latest crop. He trained Snitzel to a G1 victory in the Oakleigh Plate and has already sent out his top-class winners Hot Snitzel and Top Drop. “We’re having a bit of luck with the Snitzels” Ryan said. “They’re a tough, precocious and they train on.”
Snitzerland (2f Snitzel – Monte Rosa by Fraar) is from an unraced sister to G3 winner Nina Haraka and comes from the Tennessee family of stakes winning fillies.
Monte Rosa is Switzerland’s highest mountain, hence the name Snitzerland. She was purchased for $125,000 from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is part-owned by Neil Werrett who is enjoying the ride of a lifetime with Black Caviar.
Snitzerland is the latest winner for Monte Rosa following stakes-placed juvenile winner Red Dress Marley (Hussonet) and city winners Akmal (Flying Spur) and Deleque (French Deputy).
Monte Rosa has a yearling colt by Hussonet entered for the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale and has been served this season by Snitzel.
The Snitzel yearlings averaged $150,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale and that was the best of any second-season sire at Newmarket. He stands alongside his own sire Redoute’s Choice at Arrowfield for a $27,500 (inc gst) fee.