21 January 2007
Group One winning sprinter Snowland enjoyed the perfect start as a sire with his first runner Frosty leading throughout to win the open juvenile event over 1000 metres by more than a length at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
A strongly moulded bay gelding, much like his sire, Frosty had trialled impressively on January 9 and was well supported to make a winning debut, which he did in the manner of a real professional.
Frosty is trained by Brian Wakefield, who purchased him for $60,000 from the draft of Toolooganvale at the 2006 Classic Yearling Sale, where he was the most expensive Snowland at the sale. He is the fourth foal and first winner from Virginia Bride (USA), a half-sister by Roanoke to US stakes-winner Elk Creek from the family of multiple Group One winner Spoken Fur.
Owned and raced by Gooree Stud, Snowland was an outstanding sprinter by Snippets who retired to Widden Stud in 2003 after winning the Group One AJC The Galaxy. Almost immediately he encountered fertility problems and after covering some 102 mares in his first season managed to produce just 32 live foals. The situation worsened thereafter and Snowland was transferred back to Gooree where he's covered a handful of mares in the last few seasons.
His stakes-winning full brother Snippetson completed his debut season at Widden Stud last year, successfully covering 149 mares after meeting with overwhelming support from breeders.
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