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Never Too Young

Peter & Paul Snowden, the strongest father and son training partnership, completed a unique double at Goulburn on Sunday, when they saddled up two, and they both won.

Nothing new really, except that both horses, Morpheus and Rio De Janeiro, are two year olds, and won in Maiden open company.

Morpheus, by Snitzel, won over 1300 metres, and Rio De Janeiro, by More Than Ready, over a 1000 metres.


One Bite Too Many

Stewards have placed a ban on So Si Bon when he was up to his old antics again on Saturday at Flemington, attempting to savage Yesterday’s Songs, prior to the start of the eighth race.

A change of stables hasn’t made any difference; he was formerly trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Laing, and since has been transferred to David Hayes, but for how long?

David Hayes won’t be putting up with that for much longer, he is a horse trainer, and a good one at that, but he is no miracle worker.

The unfortunate part of this scenario is that So Si Bon is such a good looking horse, quite attractive in fact when he parades, however, his manners can change very quickly.

He is rising five with no sign of improving from 25 starts, he has only won one race, and his record is not likely to improve.


Flying Spur passes On

The death of Flying Spur touched a lot of people, particularly those that looked after him in his final days; he was a great favourite with the staff at Arrowfield.

He was also a popular horse in the Lee Freedman stable when he won the Golden Slipper Stakes; he became the second winner of Lee Freedman’s four successive Golden Slipper Stakes winners.

Flying Spur may have won the Slipper, however, there were still those that had some doubts and not convinced the colt would make a sire, there have been failures before and the race was open to geldings.

He won the Australian Guineas with quite a bit in hand, it was off to Sydney for the All Aged Stakes, this would be the testing material to show if he had a real future as a potential sire.

If there were any doubts about they were soon erased, he would go to stud in the spring to follow, Arrowfield be would his home.

Flying Spur was foaled in 1992, he went to stud as a four year old, he was a magnificent colt winning three Group 1 races, the Golden Slipper Stakes, Australian Guineas and the All Aged Stakes, over 1600 metres.

He became champion sire twice in Australia and once in Ireland, he had 1219 runners for 793 winners, a winning percentage of 65.1 percent, with progeny earnings of $103 million, from 83 stakes winners and 64 stakes placed.

Flying Spur has two sons still active, Magnus at Sun Stud, and Casino Prince at Vinery Stud.

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Zoustar remains at Widden

The squabble is over, Zoustar will stand permanently at Widden, in the Hunter Valley, following a court case in Sydney earlier last week.

It was a strange arrangement previously with Zoustar, he was shuttling on alternate seasons between Woodside Park at Tylden, and Widden Stud, in the Hunter Valley.

Zoustar is a highly promising sire with a huge future ahead of him; he was a brilliant sprinter and is making the transition, as a sire, with his first crop to race, trained by Chris Waller at Rosehill.

His progeny are following his racing pattern; they come to hand quickly and are showing an early return.

Zoustar heads the first season’s two year olds list with 5 winners of 9 races, from 20 runners, earning $2,390,440.

He is a sire that throws lovely yearlings, he certainly puts quality into his progeny, you can pick a Zoustar if you have any eye for a thoroughbred.  

There will be plenty of mares awaiting him in the spring at Widden

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St Leger just another Race

The St Leger, to be run at Flemington tomorrow, is just another race with little interest shown, an excuse to find the way to the cafeteria for a cup of tea.

That was not always the case, however times have changed, our staying races have been supplemented by sprint horses, with very few races run beyond a mile, or 1600 metres.

Whilst it is the oldest classic run in the world, at Doncaster, in Yorkshire U K, it has lost whatever status it had previously, one wonders if it can be viable at Listed level, and for how long?

The St Leger looks as it is on borrowed time, some interstate race clubs have deleted it completely from their calendar, and in some cases permitted four year olds to join three year olds to make up the numbers..

Racing for ever is changing, the Victoria Racing Club was a four day Autumn Carnival in early March, with the St Leger on the final day, and the Gibson Carmichael Stakes, over a mile for two year olds, if they had to run that distance so early in the year now most of them would topple over.

At that time the St Leger was the measuring stick to determine if a horse could stay, Spearfelt, Trivalve, Phar Lap, Hall Mark, Comic Court, and Tulloch, were never found wanting.

Racing has certainly changed with foreign investment being involved; yearling prices are selling at absorbent prices.

Service fees have risen up to $170,000, while young colts, that have won a decent Group 1 race, have recently been sold for $25 million dollars, or more.                       


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