Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV with a defiant performance in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature at Caulfield, the $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. 1400m G2.
The 4YO entire began well and tussled for the lead before taking a sit behind Jungle Edge, then pushing forward to challenge after the turn.
Showtime found plenty in the fight to the line, applying high-cruise pressure and resolute determination to draw clear over the final 100 metres and defeat last year’s P.B. Lawrence winner Hartnell by almost a half-length with Widgee Turf third.
“It took us a little bit to get back from Jungle Edge and get away from him. He did a good job to overcome that then fight it out in the straight. It was a good effort.” – jockey Dwayne Dunn on Showtime
Add his MVRC Stutt S. G2 win, Group 1 placings behind Trapeze Artist & Brave Smash last season, good juvenile form, arresting good looks and top-drawer pedigree, and Showtime is already well-qualified for a stud career.
However, he has more to achieve on the track first, and the $1 million Memsie Stakes G1, also over 1400 metres at Caulfield on 1 September, is Showtime’s next target.
Showtime is a result of Arrowfield’s highly successful, 20 year-old joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. Sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, he is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for both his breeders, in partnership with Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barb Ingham and Eric & Georgina Koundouris.
His dam Flidais (by Timber Country), a Group-placed daughter of dual Group 1 winner Electronic, has proved a gem at stud, generating more than $4 million of yearling sale returns and leaving Showtime, his splendid Group 1-winning sister Sweet Idea and Malaysian stakeswinner Rush (by Charge Forward).
The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly sold to Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly & Paul Frampton at this year’s Magic Millions Sale has been named Evening Slippers and is in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. Flidais is due to foal again to the two-time Champion Sire in September and will be making a return visit to his court.
Showtime and last weekend’s ATC The Rosebud LR winner Sandbar have given Snitzel a quick start to the season and taken his career tally of progeny stakes wins to 162.