Snowland books trip south for Manikato
Sunday, 8 September 2002:
A clash with Melbourne's star colt Bel Esprit is the next mission for his Sydney counterpart, Snowland, following his win in the Group Three Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Snowland began his spring campaign with a win in the Up And Coming Stakes two weeks ago and trainer Gai Waterhouse will target the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.
"I'll talk about it with (owner) Mr Cojuangco but he deserves a chance at a Group One," Waterhouse said.
"It would be a great clash between him and Bel Esprit. Snowland has done everything Bel Esprit has done in Melbourne.
"They are both speed horses and it would be very interesting."
Chris Munce took Snowland to the lead rounding the turn and he dashed clear on straightening.
The chasers came but Snowland had enough in reserve to hold off Force Apollo by a long head with 2-1/2 lengths to promising filly Bollinger who is also trained by Waterhouse.
When his career is over, Snowland will stand at Widden Stud, another reason Waterhouse is keen to give him a chance at Group One glory.
"It would be wonderful when he goes to stud to have that Group One beside his name," she said.
Meanwhile stewards placed a warning on fourth placegetter Choisir who once again raced erratically in the early stages causing interference to Calaway Gal and Prime Century.
"We were reasonably patient with him as a two-year-old," chief steward Ray Murrihy told trainer Paul Perry.
"But he's detrimental to his own chances and while we won't ask him to go back to the trials, we'll place a warning on him.
"If he does it again we'll have to think about it."
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