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Clevadude Romps In

The Sportingbet Plate at Moonee Valley proved a mere formality for Clevadude, he spread eagled a field of four runners as if it was nothing more than a romp in the park.

Bookmakers treated it as almost a non event, the gelding was always in the red, there was some specking for The Yowie, but the closest he got to the winner was at the barrier.

Clevadude was never off the bit, he travelled well for Craig Newitt, and he drew right away in the run to the judge and was never threatened at any stage of the race.

He is as good a youngster as we have seen out in quite a while; however, Rick Hore-Lacy was not going to be drawn in to comparing him to the likes of Canny Lad, or Redoute’s Choice, at least not yet.

Both were the best of their age competing at Group level, going on to become successful sires Clevadude won’t be competing in that league as he is a gelding.

There are questions still to be answered as to how he will handle the tighter circuit on the Gold Coast, and if he drew a wide gate in what is likely to be a capacity field.

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Clevadude - The Flying Machine


The First Of A Winning Treble

Quick Snitzel’s win in the City Jeep handicap was the first leg of a winning treble for leading trainer, Peter Moody, at Moonee Valley.

While the boss was absent, the dapper stable foreman, Tom Brideoake, stepped into the breech with all the professionalism you would expect from a leading stable.

This was the third in a row for Quick Snitzel, but his first in Melbourne; the two previous wins have been out town, where the horse has gained valuable experience before being thrown in at the deep end.

The gelding settled in the middle of the field in his first attempt at 1600 metres, and remained there until approaching the home turn before issuing his assault on the leading division.

Medvedev was the preferred favourite over his stable mate Quick Snitzel, but hardly gave a yelp, and was not sighted over the concluding stages of the journey

Quick Snitzel by Snitzel, a sire better known for getting quick precocious progeny, he is among the most consistent sires we have, he has a great strike rate, plus his yearlings are always popular at sale time.

The winner is on the way improving with each run, he may get a little further judged on his strong finishing run, he was coming home not stopping.

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Quick Snitzel ridden by Linda Meech


Meliora All The Way

First out first home, that is how Meliora won the Aquanas Handicap at Moonee Valley, she was never headed or troubled at any stage of the race.

She is a genuine racehorse and can be improved on that win as she had a let up since running fifth, in a field of nine, to Floatmyboat at Caulfield, in early October.

Tom Brideoake was back in the driver’s seat again for Peter Moody, as he has been so many times, he was pleased to see the return to form of Meliora.

“I think she can go on from here, she is lightly raced having had just seven starts, and there are some nice races for fillies at this time of the year, if we can pick up a bit of Black Type her value will soar”

Meliora is by the Danzig sire, Ad Valorem, regarded as the best two year old in Ireland after winning the Blenheim Stakes at The Curragh, he went to Newmarket to win the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes over 1200 metres, a race that has been the measuring stick for the better two year olds in the U K.

The distaff side of his pedigree is quite sound, although a shade foreign, as in the whole it is made up on American strains.

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Meliora - A promising filly



Iberia is causing the Snowden stable a few worries, he is ready to run, but has been scratched twice, due to a recurring heat rash.

While the weather remains warm, we may have to wait awhile before the colt sports silk, he is reported to more than handy.

Alex Dobel, racing manager of Moonee Valley, for the past six years, is leaving to take up a position with the Echuca Racing Club as C E O.

The new face at the Valley will be Liam Smith, who spent five years at Cranbourne prior to taking up his new appointment.

Nothing has changed; Brad Rawiller arrived at Moonee Valley as if he had come out of a snow storm, all rugged up on a summer’s day, part of his recipe to keep his weight in check.

He is remarkably fit and riding in great form, with 70 winners this season, 15 in the city and 77 at the provincials.

There is no rest for the wicked, or at least not for Subzero, the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, the 24 year old gelding is still living a busy lifestyle after retiring from racing, and later as a clerk of the course’s mount.

These days he is kept pretty busy, along with Graeme Salisbury, on an educational program visiting various centres promoting racing and the role of the horse.

The promotion sponsored by Racing Victoria, is proving a big success with 120 visits to schools, 20 to retirement villages, 15 specialist schools and six visits to the racing museum, plus outdoor functions at the M C G.


Darley’s Quick Decision

Darley didn’t take long to make a decision after Peter Snowden visited the Flemington stables earlier this week.

Recent two year old winners, Safeguard the colt, has gone up to Warwick Farm where he will have a short let up before being prepared for the Golden Slipper Stakes, while the filly, Montsegur, an impressive Caulfield winner, will remain in Melbourne, her mission being the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Both are brilliant two year olds, a cut above what we have seen so far this season, and the stable is not likely to run short on numbers with several youngsters yet to race.

Montsegur really caught the eye at Caulfield on Boxing Day; she got a little hot in the pre post parade, without hesitation Paul Snowden called in another attendant to assist with the filly.

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Montsegur set for Blue Diamond

She is the first winner sired in Australia by New Approach, an outstanding racehorse winning eight of his 11 starts, who has made the transition as a likely successor to his sire, Galileo.

Both sire and son are Epsom Derby winners, yet that is where the similarity ends, Galileo best results are at beyond a mile, whilst his son, New Approach, whose average winning distance was 1700 metres, is getting precocious two year olds.

No further evidence was required during the Royal Ascot week in June, New Approach sired three Black Type two year old winners..

Dawn Approach won the Coventry Stakes, Newfangled the Albany Stakes and Tha’ir the Chesham Stakes

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 Paul Snowden- Brilliant young trainer.


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