In a perfect demonstration of synchronicity, it was 2YO colt Ducimus who brought up Snitzel’s milestone 50th stakeswinner in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Talindert S.1100m LR.
“Ducimus” is Latin for “We lead” and that’s exactly what Snitzel is doing on almost every Australian stallion premiership for which he’s eligible.
Ducimus takes his name seriously too, and after settling just off the lead, took control and galloped well within himself until 300 metres out, when he was asked to quicken by jockey Noel Callow. He pulled clear, but laid in on Sanadaat (by Not A Single Doubt), who eventually finished third, 1.7 lengths behind Ducimus, who found enough to withstand the strong late finish of Taking Aim by 0.2 lengths and win in a time of 1:03.72.
Unbeaten in his two starts, and nominated for the Golden Slipper & Inglis Sires’, the Hawkes-trained Ducimus has already returned the prospect of a stallion career to his Hong Kong owner Little Hung, who paid a sale-topping $700,000 for him at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Mr Hung’s bloodstock agent Justin Bahen spoke last week to G1X Racing and recalled Ducimus as a yearling. “We loved his temperament, that’s a big thing for me, thinking about them moving forward and keeping them as a colt. He was to my eye the best colt at the sale with a great pedigree and a valuable prospect if it all worked out, which so far it has.”
Bred by Oakland Park Stud, and offered by Blue Gum Farm, Ducimus is the 8th foal and fourth stakeswinner, after Hi World, Lite’N In My Veins & Loveyamadly, out of the wonderful broodmare Beauty World, a winning daughter of Danehill Dancer.
He is also the 15th stakeswinner this season for Snitzel, who currently heads the General, 3YO & 2YO Sires’ Premierships in Australia, and joins Group 3 winner Teaspoon and Listed winners Azazel & Jukebox as the best of Snitzel’s 22 juvenile winners this term. It’s a tally that puts the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice on target for sole ownership of Without Fear’s 30-winner record, which he equalled in 2015/16.
Ducimus is one of Snitzel’s three sale-topping colts from last year, along with the $1.8 million Chauffeur, a winner on debut in Sydney and second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, and the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx, as yet un-named and in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.
Snitzel has eight colts and five fillies in the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on Sunday 26 February. Before that though, he has the colts Azazel & Jukebox and the filly Spoils lining up in Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.