Wandjina will seek to emulate his sire Snitzel in Saturday’s LR Breeders’ Plate at Randwick.
Snitzel (Redoutes’s Choice) won the 2004 Breeders’ Plate in commanding fashion and the three length victory marked the start of a brilliant career topped by his G1 triumph in the 2006 Oakleigh Plate. At stud, Snitzel has already left 15 stakes winners, including 8 juvenile Group winners, notably Sizzling, Snitzerland & Sweet Idea.
Wandjina goes into this year’s Breeders’ Plate with a strong Randwick trial win under his belt and jockey Tommy Berry declared it was the best hit-out of any youngster he rode at the trials.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse knows exactly how to prepare colts to win the Breeders’ Plate. She trained the last two winners Whittington and Pierro. The Waterhouse stable has three runners in this year’s race, and three fillies in the Gimcrack Stakes.
Wandjina was bred by Arrowfield from the wonderful broodmare La Bamba (Last Tycoon) whose earlier matings with Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice produced Inspiration (G1 Hong Kong Sprint) and stakes winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence.
La Bamba foaled a colt by Manhattan Rain last Sunday morning.
Wandjina was purchased by Edmund & Belinda Bateman for $1 million at this year’s Easter Sale. Snitzel will also be represented in the Breeders’ Plate by Scratch Me Lucky from the Paul Perry stable.
Million dollar Snitzel colt set for Breeders’ Plate