Snitzel powers on in Perth

Snitzel’s son Petrol Power added a Group win to his excellent record when he took out today’s $125,000 WATC Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic 1400m G3 at Ascot in Perth.

It was the first Group win for the 3YO gelding who won the Supremacy S. LR at two, and the Placid Ark S. LR at his previous start on 23 November. His nine-start career has produced four wins, four placings and almost $400,000 prizemoney for his owner Sam Trimboli and trainer Jim Taylor.

Taylor was full of praise after today’s victory for Petrol Power’s soundness and consistency.

“He won the Initial (Supremacy) Stakes when they just turned two, then he’s run through all the good races, the Karrakatta, the Sires’ and all the other horses haven’t come back and he’s the only decent two-year-old that has, so it’s pleasing.

“There is a Magic Millions 3YO race for him in about eight weeks so he’ll probably have a few weeks off and then a lead up race to it.

“He’s a very sound horse good legged, very good boned and a couple of weeks off will do him good. He’s thrived since I’ve stepped his work up and he’s copped it so it’s good for the future.”

Petrol Power was bred by Neville & Susan Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud and purchased for $240,000 by Damien Wyer Racing from the Stud’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. His dam Diamonds and Dust (by Charnwood Forest) is an unraced half-sister to Melbourne Group 2 winner Burrito, and to the dams of Group winners Posadas, Collate, and Direct Charge (by Charge Forward).

Snitzel has now broken through the $4 million mark in Australia this season and remains the leading Australian-based stallion on the current General Sires’ list. His five stakeswinners since 1 August are headed by Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award.

Petrol Power is the 13th Group winner, and one of 40 stakes performers from the first five crops by the sensational young son of Redoute’s Choice.

Snitzel has 38 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including four fillies consigned by Arrowfield.

Snitzel power prevails in Perth

Petrol Power had too much gas for the opposition in today’s $100,000 WATC Placid Ark S. 1200m LR, his second black-type success in an eight-start career.

The 3YO son of Snitzel settled comfortably just behind the leaders, challenged on the turn and proved too strong for Sujet, winning by a neck with Guardlock 1.75 lengths back in third. Sujet, having his first start, was the race favourite following three impressive trial wins, most recently a 6.75-length romp at Belmont.

Bred by Oakland Park Stud, Petrol Power strengthens Snitzel’s position at the head of the Australian 3YO Sires’ table, and as the leading Australian-based sire on the General list. It’s a remarkable performance for a stallion with only five crops in play and around half the runners fielded by his nearest rival Fastnet Rock.

Petrol Power, who won the WATC Supremacy S. LR as a 2YO, was a $240,000 purchase from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is trained by Jim Taylor for owner Sam Trimboli. His dam Diamonds and Dust (by Charnwood Forest) is an unraced half-sister to Group 2 winner Burrito, from the family of last season’s 2YO Group winner Direct Charge (by Charge Forward).

Snitzel is the sire of five stakeswinners this spring, including Cox Plate G1 winner Shamus Award and 2YOs Oakleigh Girl & Golconda. He is one of four sons of Redoute’s Choice among Australia’s top 25 sires by progeny earnings this season. The others are Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck and Not A Single Doubt.

The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale offers 39 opportunities to buy a Snitzel yearling, including four fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft.