Darley trainer Peter Snowden prepared his 1000th winner for Sheikh Mohammed when Sail saluted at Gosford on Thursday.
Sail (3f Canny Lad – Mast Top by Encosta De Lago) scored second time out in the Hawkesbury New Track 28/3 Maiden (1200m). “Peter and his team have an extraordinary work ethic,” Darley’s Australian managing director Henry Plumptre said. “Their high degree of horsemanship and organisation have been considerable contributing factors.”
The milestone comes just four years after Snowden took over the operation in 2008. He has turned out winners for Sheikh Mohammed at an average of 210 per season – the pinnacle being the 2010-11 season when he won all five two year old Group 1 races in Australia and a total of 7 for the year.
In total, Snowden has won 147 stakes races for Sheikh Mohamed, including 20 Group 1 races and a further 61 Group races. “Peter oversees three training operations for Sheikh Mohamed that include 120 racehorses at Crown Lodge, Warwick Farm; 88 at Osborne Park, Agnes Banks and 60 at Carbine Lodge, Flemington,” Plumptre continued.
“He has a highly experienced team of assistants who run those sites for him. It is Peter’s work ethic and the support that he receives from his team that delivers the success for Sheikh Mohamed. We inherited some significant assets with the buyout of the Woodlands racing and breeding operations but none were more important than Peter and the intellectual property he brought to the table.”
Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor John Ferguson also praised Snowden. “To have trained 1000 winners in such a short time is quite an achievement. Sheikh Mohammed is very grateful to Peter and to all of our team and is looking forward to many more winners in the years to come.”