Peter Snowden will take renewed confidence into day-two of Australia’s richest country carnival after another successful Scone Cup homecoming.
Snowden has runners in six of Saturday’s metropolitan races at the Upper Hunter track, including the Inglis 3YO Guineas and Dark Jewel Classic, and hopes to follow on from where Pajaro left off.
The five-year-old chestnut gelding emerged victorious from a thrilling finish to claim the Scone Cup for Snowden on Friday.
Only two lengths separated the first 10 runners in the $200,000 listed feature with champion Pajaro, paying $22.30, a short neck in front of a fast-finishing Amavatio. Malice was a further neck back in third.
It was Snowden’s third Scone Cup triumph in six years, following on from back-to-back triumphs with Dysphonia (2011) and Raspberries (2012).
Snowden, now based at Randwick with son Paul after being born and bred in Scone, said Pajaro would likely head to Brisbane for the upcoming winter carnival after an excellent performance despite being stood on at the furlong.
“It was a terrific win,” Snowden said.
"He was rode for luck and he was squeezed-up at a vital stage but was good enough to pick himself and come again. It was a tremendous effort and I’m really proud of the horse.”
Sydney jockey Tim Clark was given a late call-up after Snowden’s stable apprentice Winona Costin fell ill on the morning of the race, but the original plan still worked a treat despite starting the 1400 metre journey from barrier 16.
“We were confident today getting him back on a firmer track that he would definitely run better, but the barrier draw threw us a bit,” Snowden said.
“Then when were going through the race ... we noticed so much speed with six or seven leaders. We thought we might be able to tuck into a spot and ride for luck. It panned out perfectly.”
Snowden will line up Dark Steel and Serene Majesty in the $400,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) at Scone on Saturday. Later in the piece Artistry will contest the $200,000 group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) and That’s A Good Idea the $140,000 listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m).
Fellow Scone connections Rodney Northam, Greg Bennett and Tammy Boyd have runners across the main races on day two after missing out Friday.
Earlier on cup day Newcastle pair Kris Lees and Paul Perry scored winners with Blazing Steel and High Dreamer respectively.
Chris Waller, one of the nation’s leading trainers, nabbed a double courtesy of Hogmanay and Our Beatnik. Barbass took out the third for Cameron Crockett, the Bjorn Baker-trained Bonny O’Reilly won the fifth and Damien Lane was successful in the last with All But Gone.
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