Sandbar’s gritty victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Rosebud H. LR looks very much like a good omen for Snitzel’s 2018/19 season, if recent history means anything…
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.
No sooner had Champion Sire Snitzel broken his own season earnings record, than 2YO colt Sandbar brought him a step closer to his next target. That’s the record he currently shares with Danehill of 26 stakeswinners in an Australian season.
Sandbar became Snitzel’s 20th Australian stakeswinner since 1 August at Warwick Farm on Saturday with a gritty performance in the $125,000 ATC Lonhro Plate 1100m LR, defeating the favourite, Gimcrack Stakes winner Satin Slipper, and Oxford Tycoon.
It was the colt’s second win from two starts for trainer Brad Widdup and owners Damion Flower (who also raced Snitzel himself), BK Racing, Strawberry Hill Stud, Nick Vass & Neil Werrett.
Watch Sandbar win the ATC Lonhro Plate LR.
Sandbar is the fourth foal and first winner out of smart juvenile and Group 3 winner Tallow (by Street Cry) and was bought for $650,000 from the Magic Millions draft of his breeder Strawberry Hill by Jadeskye Racing, BK Racing & Gerald Ryan.
Snitzel’s career record now shows 78 stakeswinners and 30 2YO stakeswinners, with Sandbar joining Traces (Kenilworth Summer Juvenile S. LR) and the filly Nomothaj (VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR) from Snitzel’s 2015 crop.
The champion sire has surpassed the all-time Australian prizemoney record of $16,220,135 he set last season, and has done it in little more than six months.
Snitzel has two fillies and a colt on offer by Amarina Farm, Bhima Thoroughbreds & Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Classic Sale, with eight yearlings catalogued for Inglis Melbourne Premier and 64 lots for Inglis Easter, including 8 fillies and 2 colts in Arrowfield’s Easter consignment.