Snowden can’t wait to ‘Pony Up’ in Sunshine State during winter

ACE Sydney trainer Peter Snowden may not have a Winx in the locker room, but he is confident he has enough ammunition to make a big splash at this year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The Brisbane Racing Club launched this year’s carnival at a suave event in Brisbane City on Friday.

The carnival begins on May 13 and comprises five days of Group 1 action at Doomben and Eagle Farm.

Snowden has vowed to be a major player again this year, having come close to causing a huge upset in beating Chris Waller for leading trainer at last year’s carnival.

Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, has long sung the virtues of bringing horses to Queensland and has no plans to change.

 

Brisbane Racing Carnival ambassador Kendall Gilding with horse My Limit. Picture: Jodie Richter

“Horses do so well up here,” Snowden said.

“I haven’t been lucky enough to have a Winx (who kicked off her 17-race winning streak at this carnival two years ago), but I’ve had a lot of horses that made names for themselves at this carnival.

“Hopefully I’m bringing some with the goods this year.”

Snowden’s team will be headed by sprinters Russian Revolution and Redzel, while he has high hopes for two-year-old Delfuego, who kicks off his career at Randwick on Anzac Day in a bid to stamp his Queensland passport.

Under The Louvre and Black Heart Bart fight out last year’s Stradbroke Handicap. Picture: Jono Searle

Branded “Pony Up”, replacing last year’s “Seven Deadly Sins”, this year’s carnival boasts prizemoney of $9.8 million as part of Racing Queensland’s $14 million winter.

The BRC carnival has a new look this year, with the Doomben 10,000 reduced from its iconic distance of 1350m back to 1200m to kick off the carnival on May 13.

The following week the Doomben Cup is held before three consecutive weeks of Group 1 racing at the revamped Eagle Farm.

Trainers Paul and Peter Snowden are eager to make an impact during the Queensland winter. Picture: Mark Evans

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby  Brisbane Courier Mail

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