If consistent gelding Pinwheel is going to win a Group One event, his trainer Peter Snowden believes this spring will be his time.
The last-start Group Two Warwick Stakes winner runs in Saturday’s Group Two Sebring Sprint (1300m) at Rosehill with Snowden keen to give the six-year-old his chance in the Group One Sir Rupert Clark Stakes in Melbourne in two weeks’ time.
Snowden said it would be great if Pinwheel could snare a victory at racing’s elite level.
“Absolutely, and he probably gets his chance this year because there is no real standout,” Snowden said.
“In previous years there seems to have been a dominant horse that has races at its mercy but this year I think it’s open right through the spring. I think we might see different winners right through the spring.”
Pinwheel won the Warwick Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago and Snowden decided to keep him back for the Sebring Sprint, formerly the Theo Marks Stakes, rather than step up to 1600m last week in the Chelmsford Stakes.
That was to give him his shot at the Group One Sir Rupert Clark (1400m) at Caulfield should he perform well on Saturday.
Snowden said the biggest concern for Saturday’s race was the Quality conditions as Pinwheel has 59kg and will be giving weight to all his rivals.
“He’s done really well but his biggest problem is weight,” the trainer said.
“It’s not weight-for-age this time so he’s going to be giving handy horses a fair bit of weight, but he’s earned it.
“When you are as consistent as he is you’re going to pay that price but he can carry weight well.”
Snowden said Pinwheel’s work on Tuesday morning was as good as he’s ever produced.
“I would expect him to run very well,” he said.
While Pinwheel is still chasing a first Group One, Saturday’s Rosehill card provides his younger stablemate Helmet with the chance at claiming his third major at just his seventh start.
Helmet is a firming second favourite for the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) and Snowden said the colt had made good improvement since his third to Saturday’s rivals Smart Missile and Foxwedge first-up in the Run To The Rose (1200m).
“I’ve said all along the Caulfield Guineas is his aim and that’s what I’ve tried to work his preparation around,” Snowden said.
“But I’m surprised how much improvement he has made since his first-up run. He’s going into the race in good order.”
Helmet will wear blinkers in a race for the first time and Snowden said the colt had worked in them “quite a few times” ahead of the Golden Rose.
Snowden, who is chasing his third Golden Rose win as a trainer, has plenty of respect for Helmet’s five rivals and pinpointed untapped Manawanui, along with favourite Smart Missile, as the hardest to beat.
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