Leading trainer Darren Weir will have a number of good chances leading into tomorrows races at Sandown and Warrnambool including Todman Stakes runner Snitch and yet to be unplaced Peaceful State.
Both runners have been specked by punters in previous races and look live chances going into tomorrow, including Lope De Vega gelding Snitch who was a close to even money starting favourite last time out at Ararat where he faded on his run home.
Snitch won a trial at Randwick before a 9th placing in a maiden in February last year, prior to running almost 14L last in the Group 2 Todman Stakes, in a field that included Invader, Veranillo, Showtime and Menari.
Indicating the then 2-year-old needed more time to mature, Snitch did not run again until the 21st of January this year, resuming without a trial over 1100m at Ararat. Snitch will again step out in maiden company in race 4 at Warrnambool tomorrow, again over 1100m.
Snitch ran a time of 64.68 in his last start over 1100m, remarkably better then the rest of the field over the same distance in tomorrows race, also recording a best final 600 of 34.30. Snitch has drawn barrier 7 and will be aided by the lethal Weir-Yendall, looking very promising to break maiden status in run number 4.
Also looking promising for Darren Weir tomorrow is sectional star Peaceful State, a year 3-year-old colt by USA-bred Animal Kingdom. Peaceful State is yet to be out of the money in all races to date, finishing 3rd behind Tezlah on debut before breaking his maiden at Ballarat next start.
Peaceful State was a runner up to Villermont in last year’s Sandown Guineas over 1600m, coming from 7th at the 400m mark and recording a 34.85 for the final 600m to miss by just 0.2L. Obviously full of running and the ability to show a massive turn of foot, Peaceful State’s time for the final 600 over 1600m is actually better than his own over 1200 and 1400m.
Back to 1300m should not worry the 3-year-old as he resumes, with the name Redkirk Warrior immediately coming to mind following his first-up victory in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap last year. Like Peaceful State, Redkirk Warrior was very good over the 1500m journey at Sandown prior to dropping back in distance first up to win.
Peaceful State is a current $3.40 shot on UBET fixed, and has drawn 14 with John Allen to ride. Like Dean Yendall, John Allen has also been prolific for the Darren Weir Stable, with the 2-time group 1 winner already riding 51 winners at 17% for the trainer in season 2017-18.