Snitzel equalled Without Fear’s 40-year-old season record of thirty juvenile winners in 2015/16 and now he’s on target to claim it for himself.
Remarkably, he could set a new mark well before the end of this season, because he’s already posted 16 winners – eleven more than he’d compiled by this time last year.
So it’s perfectly apt that the latest Snitzel 2YO winner is Think Big Stud’s filly Exceeds, successful at her second start at Randwick on Saturday when she beat the favourite Eden Roc, with Kristensen and Pandemonium dead-heating for third.
Her performance franked the quality of the 2YO race at Canterbury on 31 December won by the exciting Not A Single Doubt filly From Within, from Snitzel colts Invader & Chauffeur (fifth & second respectively in the Magic Millions Classic), with Exceeds fourth.
Trainer James Cummings said of Exceeds’ win, “She had the race experience from one of Sydney’s best Saturday two-year-old races over the past few months. She was able to produce late like a really promising filly in the making.”
“It might pave the way for a nice little fillies race in the coming months. There is a race I’ve got my eye on but she’s got up over 1000m there so I’ll have to keep thinking about it. She has got a bit of style about her and pretty of improvement still to come.”
Exceeds was bred by Musk Creek Farm from Exceedingly Happy (Exceed and Excel) and purchased for $250,000 by Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.
Exceeds is one of 12 city victors among Snitzel’s 16 2YO winners since 1 August, a group headed by Listed Inglis Banner winner Azazel, Group-placed Goodfella, and stake-placed Chauffeur & Snitzkraft.
Yet to win and good chances to do so in coming weeks are stakes-placed fillies Dinnigan & Spoils and the colt Bowerman, Friday’s impressive Rosehill trial winner Showtime, Invader and city-placed Epic Rant & Milanese Girl. Nor is the Australian 2YO Sires’ earnings premiership beyond Snitzel’s reach. Houtzen’s Magic Millions defeat of Chauffeur gave I Am Invincible a lead, but he currently holds it by less than $130,000.
Snitzel has 10 lots catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including Arrowfield’s filly out of Miss Victoria and 13 lots for Inglis Melbourne Premier.