Snitzel 3YOs impress in city wins

Snitzel ‘s second crop 2YOs, headed by Group 2 winners Hot Snitzel and Salade, have supplied most of his black type highlights this season, but his first crop 3YOs have not been idle. Twenty-four of them have recorded Australian victories in 2010/11 and two extended their winning records today.

At Caulfield, Snitza led all the way over 2000 metres to score by almost four lengths in the style of a class stayer in the making. It was the fourth win from 13 starts for the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained colt, whose three previous wins were over longer distances at Mornington and Ballarat.

The sources of Snitza’s stamina are easily located: his dam Alba Zitta is a daughter of champion sire Zabeel, whose affinity with the Danehill sire-line is well-established, and the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 winner Yelgun Dawn. His fifth dam is the outstanding miler Chantal, whose daughter Lacy left the fine stayer Chagemar (VRC Dalgety H. G2 – twice, 2nd VRC Melbourne Cup G1).

Snitza was passed in at the 2009 Melbourne Premier Sale and is raced in partnership by his breeder Bill Cockram of Glentree Downs, Victoria.

Snitzel’s second city winner today was Weekend Special (ex Frescante by Peintre Celebre), successful over 1050 metres at Morphettville for the second time in four starts. Bred by Dr Jack Woolridge, Weekend Special was a $25,000 purchase from the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale by trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Other talented 3YOs by Snitzel include Flemington stakes-winning filly Zelsnitz, Group 2-placed Top Drop, stakes-placed Yorkshire Lad, and last weekend’s easy Brisbane winner Alvitas – also from a Peintre Celebre mare.

Snitzel stands the 2011 season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

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