Snitzel Power too strong in Placid Ark Stakes

Petrol Power had too much gas for the opposition to register his second black-type victory in the LR Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The Snitzel gelding settled behind the leaders and then proved too strong for first-starter Sujet to score by a neck.  He had won the LR Supremacy Stakes at Ascot in March.

Petrol Power (3g Snitzel – Diamonds and Dust by Charnwood Forest) was bred by Neville Duncan at Oakland Park Stud and is raced by Sam Trimboli after changing hands for $240,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.

His dam Diamonds and Dust is an unraced half-sister to G2 Bill Stutt Stakes winner Burrito from the family of last year’s G3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate winner Direct Charge (Charge Forward).

Duncan sold her to Yarradale Stud for just $11,000 two years ago and the mare has since foaled fillies by Yarradale residents Musket and War Chant.

Petrol Power strengthens Snitzel’s position at the head of the Australian 3YO Sires’ table, and as the leading Australian-based sire on the General list.  It’s a remarkable performance for a stallion with only five crops in play.

Snitzel is the sire of five stakes winners this spring including Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award.  He is one of four sons of Redoute’s Choice among Australia’s Top 25 sires along with Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck and Not A Single Doubt.

The 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions offers 39 opportunities to buy a Snitzel yearling, including four fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft.