Snowland's half-brother heading for the top
September 2, 2003
Widden Stud's deceased champion Australian sire Marscay has a budding stakes sprint star in his final crop, now three-year-olds, in the shape of Freeze, a dazzling winner by 1 3/4 lengths and in new class record time of an 1100 metre event at Randwick on September 2.
A handsome brown colt having only his second start, he is trained for his breeders, the Marheine's Stratheden Stud, Tamworth, NSW and a Vinery syndidcate under the management of Peter Orton by Gai Waterhouse. After this win they will be more confident of Freeze emulating his half-brother Snowland in the sprint ranks.
Now in his first season at stud at Widden and looking after a high quality book of over 100 mares including 20 from his owner Eduardo Cojuanco's Gooree Park Stud, Mudgee, Snowland was one of the best runners by Snippets, winning nine of 17 starts including the AJC The Galaxy and Up and Coming Stakes and STC Todman Slipper Trial and three other stakes.
In addition Snowland was runner up in the AJC Challenge Stakes and Liverpool City Cup, third in the AJC Breeders' Plate and fourth in the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and Royal Sovereign Stakes.
Freeze and Snowland are the first two runners from the brilliantly bred imported mare Snowdrift, a daughter of the Danzig sire Polish Precedent and the Thatching Stakes winner Snowtop. The latter was a half-sister to Al Hareb, the English Group1 two-year-old winner who stood at Widden's neighbour, the Baramul Stud, and got dynamic sprinter Hareeba.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service
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