Scallopini joins the Snitzel Millionaires’ Club
His career began with a solitary 2YO start back in November 2016, and in December 2017 he won his first two races at the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
More than five years later Snitzel’s wonderful 8YO son Scallopini is still giving his Proven Thoroughbreds owners and trainers Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted regular thrills, including Saturday’s exuberant all-the-way victory in the $175,000 VRC The Elms H. 1400m LR.
That takes his career prizemoney to seven figures, and makes Scallopini the 20th member of the Snitzel Millionaires’ Club, a group headed by two-time Everest winner Redzel who retired with earnings of $16.4 million.
Snitzel now has 15 Group & Listed wins on his 2022/23 progeny record and is on target to equal or better his tally of 28 stakes wins achieved last season.
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As Matthew Hoysted says of Scallopini, “He’s an old marvel, he just keeps coming up prep after prep and as an eight year-old is in career best form.
“Once you get him into a nice rhythm he loves these big open spacious tracks and we are so proud of the horse and the whole team.”
Scallopini and his Group 2-winning half-sister Shades Of Rose are the best of three winners out of Rose Of Mulan (by More Than Ready), an unraced daughter of dual Sydney Group winner Lady Mulan. The family traces to the Palestine mare Miss Rhondda, imported to New Zealand by the Lowrys of Okawa Stud more than 50 years ago.
Purchased for $200,000 by Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds from the Yarraman Park draft at Magic Millions, Scallopini was bred by Steve Gillard who retained a share in him and races Shades Of Rose with his family.
Although the majority of Snitzel’s best performers excel from two to four, his record includes 45 Group & Listed wins by older horses, notably Champion Sprinter Redzel and Group 1 winners Hot Snitzel & I Am Excited.
And after cutting out Flemington’s 1400 metres in 1:21.93, Scallopini’s nomination for the T.J. Smith S. G1 looks more than merely hopeful.