Snapdancer cruises home in Fillies & Mares

Classy mare Snapdancer atoned for an unlucky placing in last year’s TAB Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) with a dominant victory in Saturday’s edition of the $1 million feature race at the Gold Coast.

It was an easy watch for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, as well as a massive group of owners involved in the daughter of Choisir via Spicer Thoroughbreds, with jockey James McDonald beginning well and able to assume a position outside the leader.

Snapdancer matched motors with the leader Vulpine as she quickened inside the final 400m, but by the time the field passed the 100m post the race was over with the five-year-old careering away for a near two-length win.

Maher said his stable had put a long-range plan in place to win the race and the last piece of the puzzle fell into place when he convinced McDonald to take the ride on the mare.

“She was very unlucky in this race last year and the boys were a little bit disappointed, so it was a real target this year,” Maher said. “We gave her a light spring and especially targeted her here.

“I asked JMac [James McDonald] to ride her and I think he might have been thinking of another one and I told him to have a look at her run last year and her first up run. That was enough for him to come across and jump on her.

“She can be a bit tardy away and I told him that’s where he would win it or lose it, and he got a beautiful start and it was an easy watch from there.

“There’s a big team in her, Brad Spicer and the crew, so it’s fantastic.”

McDonald said he was confident of victory after Snapdancer left the barriers cleanly. “She jumped really well and the race was all over,” McDonald said.

Saturday’s win – Snapdancer’s fifth career victory – took the mare’s earnings beyond $930,000.

Snapdancer ($4.00) won by 1.75L from Vulpine ($41.00), with Kiku ($5.50) a further half-length in arrears in third.