Rosebud victory opens Snitzel’s season, again

Sandbar opens Snitzel's 2018/19 stakes account with a fighting win the ATC Rosebud LR. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Sandbar’s gritty victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Rosebud H. 1100m LR looks very much like a good omen for Snitzel’s 2018/19 season, if recent history means anything. 

Watch Sandbar’s win in the ATC Rosebud H. LR.

The neatly made colt is the third son of Snitzel to win the race in the past three years. Thronum won it in 2016 and Menari won it last year, each success kicking off a spectacular Championship season for their sire, now going for his third consecutive title. 

Sandbar’s five-start 2YO campaign added two wins, including a Listed 2YO success, and a Slipper eighth to Snitzel’s record-breaking 2017/18 season. Trainer Brad Widdup has justifiable confidence in the colt’s Golden Rose G1 prospects.

He says, “He’s a tough horse. He’s shown it all along. Last time in he had a long campaign and to get to the Slipper was a great effort.

“He’s come back and won off only one trial and a gallop at Warwick Farm. He’s just a very honest little fella.

“We’ve got a couple of options now. It’s nice to get this win out of the way.”

Bred by Strawberry Hill Stud from the Group-winning Street Cry mare Tallow, Sandbar was bought for $650,000 from the 2017 Magic Millions Sale by Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, BK Racing & Gerald Ryan. Tallow has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt.

This is the 5th straight season that Snitzel has notched up his first stakeswinner inside the first fortnight, and Sandbar is his 42nd winner of a 3YO stakes race.

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