Showtime – Mating Focus #3

Snitzel’s stunning son Showtime with stallion groom Mitchell Ralph at Arrowfield, 2021. (PHOTO: Joan Faras)

Continuing our series on the clues Snitzel’s progeny record offers to guide matings with his son Showtime.

Outstanding $3 million+ earner and multiple Group winner Away Game highlights the strong affinity of Gone West-line mares with Snitzel and their likely suitability for Showtime.

Magic Millions & Group 2-winning 2YO Away Game (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder by Elusive Quality) was also an outstanding runner-up in the 2020 Golden Slipper G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

An impressive 22.6% of Snitzel’s runners out of mares by sons of Gone West have achieved black type and they include Group-winning juveniles Four Moves Ahead & Oakleigh Girl (both out of Mr. Greeley mares) plus Away Game and Group 3 winners Dracarys & Vulpine (all out of Elusive Quality mares).

Snitzel’s strike rate with Elusive Quality mares is particularly good: 14 winners from 16 runners, among them 5 stakeswinners and a Group-placed 2YO.

Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel-Doulmera by Mr. Greeley) won her first two starts at two including the Sweet Embrace S. G2 and was third in the Silver Shadow S. G2 at her 3YO debut. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

This nick is centred on the judicious line-breeding strategy to balance Snitzel’s 5 female strains of Native Dancer with Gone West’s sex-balancing male line. Other broodmare sires who activate that nick with Showtime are Elusive City, Iffraaj, Raven’s Pass, Sepoy, Speightstown and Xaar.

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