The first metropolitan meeting of the new season had a notable absentee in Darley trainer Peter Snowden.
Snowden didn’t have a runner at Canterbury on Wednesday and had just one horse go around at Melbourne’s midweek card at Mornington, Mousseline who finished third.
But the rare quiet day was just that.
“The (Canterbury) meeting just wasn’t suitable for anything I had in at the moment, that was all,” Snowden said.
“We’ve got quite a few runners Saturday and quite a few in next Tuesday and Wednesday, so it was just one of those things today.”
Snowden, who finished runner-up to Chris Waller in last season’s Sydney trainers’ premiership, will be represented in the first two stakes races of the new season at Randwick on Saturday.
He will start three-year-old Bello in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) and Pinwheel in the Group Three Missile Stakes (1200m).
Bello has won two of his three starts which have all been on heavy tracks but he should strike a slightly firmer surface on Saturday.
“It will be interesting to see how he goes, he’s a progressive horse,” Snowden said.
“He’s drawn a bit awkward, 10 out of 10, so he needs a bit of luck.
“All his wins have been good but it has been an advantage having the wet tracks for him for sure.”
Snowden was undecided whether he would press on with Bello after his last-start victory at Warwick Farm on July 23 but the gelding did well enough to convince his trainer to give him one last run before his break.
“This is the race I thought I’d keep him up for,” Snowden said.
“He’s not up to the Golden Rose or the Run To The Rose so if he can jag this one he’s done a great job.”
Pinwheel will tackle the first Group race of season 2011/12 and few would begrudge him victory.
The six-year-old has been unplaced just three times in 22 starts, notching nine wins along the way.
He hasn’t raced since taking out the Group Three WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm in June and Snowden gives the feeling he is a joy to train.
“You can do whatever you want with Pinwheel, you can run him every two weeks or every two years he’s that sort of horse,” he said.
“He had a trial at Warwick Farm last Friday, he’s in good order, he’s ready to go.”
Ten horses were paid up for the Missile including exciting speedster Rain Affair and his Joe Pride-trained stablemate Neeson.
Gai Waterhouse has Squamosa engaged, David Payne will start smart pair Centennial Park and Winter King while Group One placegetter Here De Angels will add further interest.