Gai Waterhouse is a consummate judge at the yearling sales and she proved that again when Sweet Idea won the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.
Waterhouse purchased Sweet Idea for $240,000 after giving the Snitzel filly her vote of approval at the Gold Coast Magic Millions. “A natural speed filly,” she said in January 2012. “Very precocious, strong-quartered and plenty of quality.”
A year later, Waterhouse was equally candid at Rosehill. “I have said all along that she would be impossible to beat in the Silver Slipper. And, more importantly, she will be impossible to beat in the Golden Slipper.”
Sweet Idea (2f Snitzel – Flidais by Timber Country) was racing first-up since being run down a short-neck by Real Surreal in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January. She did best in a slogging finish to defeat Whiskey Allround (All Bar One) by a neck while highly-rated colt Charlie Boy (Myboycharlie) flew home for third.
Sweet Idea has now earned more than $530,000 for owners Nick and Amy Vass, David and Luke Henderson, Wayne Cook, Danny Maher, Grant Scott, Campbell Brown, Beric Lynton, Gary and Graeme Diamond and Matt Allen.
Bookmakers have priced her at $15 for the G1 Golden Slipper on April 6 behind Overreach ($4.60) and Villa Verde ($8).
Sweet Idea is the 11th stakes winner for Arrowfield sire Snitzel and is also the 6th Arrowfield-sired winner of the Silver Slipper in recent years following Shaft (Flying Spur) in 2007, Amelia’s Dream (Redoute’s Choice) in 2008, Melito (Redoute’s Choice) in 2009, Chance Bye (Snitzel) in 2010 and Satin Shoes (Flying Spur) in 2011.
With only four crops of racing age, Snitzel is holding his place among Australia’s Top 10 sires this season with 5 stakes winners among 53 winners and prizemoney of $3.70 million.
There are 10 Snitzel yearlings on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale including Bellerive Stud’s Simply Blue colt, and Arrowfield’s filly from Joie de Lago.