Spend it, Win it with Snitzel

Snitzel's 93rd stakeswinner Spending To Win holds out Redoute's Choice's son Glenall at the end of the ATC Starlight S. LR. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Just over five weeks out from the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Spending To Win is an aptly named 93rd lifetime stakeswinner for three-time Champion Sire Snitzel, as pre-eminent in the sale-ring as he is on stallion premierships.

It wasn’t the plan for Spending To Win to lead in the $140,000 ATC Starlight S. 1100m LR, but Tim Clark’s judgment and the gelding’s fitness & determination proved up to the task of holding out Glenall (by Redoute’s Choice) and the favourite Handle The Truth.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said, “When he kicked on the corner I said, ‘he’s going to give this a good shake’ because he had three trials going into it.

“We normally only give him one or two but there were no suitable races for him so I gave him a good platform to work from. That was full of courage there today.”

Spending To Win was the star of a productive 24 hours for Snitzel, also represented by debut 3YO winner Refreshed and city winners Orcein, Snitz & Discharged.

Bred by Fergus Doyle from Irish Group 2 winner Madame Trop Vite (by Invincible Spirit), Spending To Win was a $300,000 purchase for Snowden Racing from the Widden Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. He has covered that outlay with an excellent 62% win & place record over five seasons and $458,300 prizemoney for his owners Trevor Stuckey, Penny Yan-Stuckey and Susan Yan.

Spending To Win is Snitzel’s 11th stakeswinner this year, a list headed by Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist and Group winners I Am Excited, Exhilarates, Irithea, Redzel & Taikomochi. 

A century of stakeswinners is just one of the remarkable career statistics that Snitzel is busy compiling. His 11 Australian crops of racing age have – so far – generated:

  • 73.7% Winners/Runners
  • 9.7% Stakeswinners/Runners
  • 36 2YO stakeswinners
  • $138,229 earnings per runner
  • 13 winners of 19 Group 1 races including the Golden Slipper, Cox Plate, Golden Rose, Australian Guineas, TJ Smith S., The Galaxy, Oakleigh Plate, Lightning S. & The Everest
  • 7 of those 13 Group 1 winners were sold by Arrowfield: Estijaab, Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Invader, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea & Wandjina.

Snitzel has 57 yearlings catalogued for the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale including five colts and 3 fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment.

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