Snitzel on track for third 2YO Sires’ crown

Snitzel eyes double Premiership honours - for the third time - in 2020. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

A Saturday double at Newcastle and Flemington has taken the Australian races won by Snitzel’s 2YOs this season to 30 – his highest tally since his first 2YO Premiership season in 2016/17.

Snitzel heads all five key categories on the current 2YO Sires’ Premiership: 
Winners (21), Wins (30), Stakeswinners (4 – shared with I Am Invincible), Stakes Wins (7) & the title-deciding Earnings ($4.3 million).

His now retired barnmate Not A Single Doubt, sire of Golden Slipper G1 winner Farnan, holds second spot with $3.9 million, ahead of I Am Invincible ($2.4 million) and Redoute’s Choice ($1.4 million). 

Passed in at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and trained by Gregory Hickman, Edwina Throsby’s home-bred Snitzel colt Britain produced a  fine effort at his third start to score at Newcastle by two lengths. 

He’s the second foal of London Lolly (by Charge Forward), a Group-winning half-sister to Champion Sprinter Chautauqua and now carrying one of Not A Single Doubt’s last foals. 

Snitzel’s 244th lifetime 2YO winner Britain is bred on the same Snitzel/Charge Forward cross that has also produced Champion 2YO Estijaab & 2YO SW Traces from only 10 runners. (PHOTO: Magic Millions)

A few minutes later, Immortal Love went 2-from-2 for his owner-breeders Peter & Lauren Creighton’s United Syndications with a most impressive win in the $100,000 VRC Tom Melbourne 2YO Trophy over 1400 metres at Flemington.

Settled outside the leader by Craig Newitt, the gelding cruised to the lead 500 metres out and romped home by 3.5 lengths. According to co-trainer Mick Price, Immortal Love’s next start would be either the Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill on 7 June or a 1200-metre contest at Moonee Valley on 13 June.   

Immortal Love is the third foal of United Syndications’ Group-placed Listed winner Loveyamadly (by Bel Esprit), whose three stakes-winning siblings include one of Snitzel’s 40 2YO stakeswinners, Ducimus (VRC Talindert S. LR and 2nd, ATC Pago Pago S. G3). 

Snitzel has now posted his highest season total of Australian 2YO wins, stakes wins & prizemoney since 2016/17, from a cohort of foals that is 20% smaller than his record-breaking 2014 crop. And remember, that crop has now produced a remarkable 21 stakeswinners including Champion 3YO Colt Trapeze Artist, I Am Excited (2020 The Galaxy G1), dual Group 2 winner Showtime and Group winners Menari & Perast.

Here’s how Snitzel’s 2017 crop (inc. one winner from 2 runners in New Zealand) is shaping up:

  • 46 of 131 foals are already runners
  • 22 (47.8%) of those runners are already winners
  • Nine (19.5%)  are Stakes Performers
  • 4 (8.7%) are Stakeswinners: Group 2 winners AWAY GAME (also the Golden Slipper G1 runner-up & Snitzel’s leading earner this season with $2.7 million) & LETZBEGLAM and Listed winners WILD RULER & MACROURA
  • Another nine are city winners in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

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