In a blistered display of sprinting the Gerald Ryan trained Snitzerland smashed Warwick Farm’s course record for 1000m when leaving the field in the $175,000, Group 2 Challenge Stakes on Saturday running breathlessly in her wake.
Ryan commented the her sire Snitzel, who he trained, had not broken course records with all his sprinting ability, but his three-year-old filly ran 56.11 to beat the 56.23 created by Sessions on January 5th this year, and the race record of 56.25 set by Impaler in 2005.
Corey Brown and Snitzerland, picture Sportpix.com.au
The veteran Hay List, resuming after another injury spell and Glyn Schofield were out well from barrier two as was Snitzerland and Cory Brown from barrier nine.
These two sped away from the field with Hay List on the rails and Snitzerland camped outside in his flank.
Entering the main straight they were side by side with Snitzerland in the middle of the track. Hay List was struggling with the pace inside the filly in his first race since March last year, and then to really stamp her authority Brown sent Snitzerland away with 250m to run.
Snitzerland’s turn of foot was breathtaking and with 100m to run the filly had 2L on the rest with Decision Time and James McDonald leading the futile chase.
At the line Snitzerland was 2 3/4L ahead of the rest with the new course and race record on her career page as well as her second Group 2 victory to go with her second placing to Pierro in last year’s Group 1 Golden Slipper.
Decision Time (Foreplay) was second with Howmuchdoyouloveme (Written Tycoon) and Brenton Avdulla, the margin a half-length. Hay List was fourth.
They covered the final 600m in 33.13. Snitzerland paid $3.30 as favourite.
“It is pretty quick, her old man could not run a record,” exclaimed Ryan.
“Once I saw her today in the mounting year I knew her fitness was never going to beat her and I was surprised that Hay List led her. Corey has been that pumped up about her.
“Today was probably her biggest test. I threw in the deep end at the end of her preparation in the Patinack last year and she was probably going off. She has come back a better filly and stronger and she went into this race today fit.
“Obviously Gerald has got her fairly forward but there is still a bit of improvement in her,” said Brown.
“The run I had outside Hay List I travelled really sweetly. Once into the straight and Hay List “She kicked off the corner and ran away all the way to the line and created the track was dropping off and I was getting there too soon, but I knew she was always going to have a good kick.
record,” he said.
“When I released her at the 300m I thought they are going to have to be very good to come off my back and beat me. She really dropped and accelerated really quickly. It was a very good win,” he said.
Snitzerland, out of the Fraar mare Monte Rosa, was winning for the seventh time from 12 starts and with two placings she has earned stakes of $1,462,800 for owners Neil Werrett and Steve McCann.
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Thy (NZ) and Luke Nolan (green) hold off Crafty Irna and Sam Clipperton (black) in the listed Sharp Aspiration Quality (1600m), picture Sportpix.com.au