There is a good feeling around Stable Snowden after 10 winners in six weeks, but patriarch Peter has been in racing too long to get carried away by a good start to the family’s public training career.
“It has been good for all of us and people around the stable are just happy,” Snowden said. “It is a good feeling. We have been pretty lucky really. But we all know racing can let you down as fast as it builds you up.”
There was no doubt about Snowden’s talent with horses but, without the backing of Darley, and with son Paul’s name next to him in the book, Peter has chosen their targets wisely. Small fish have proven sweet and four of their first winners came at provincial tracks. The exception being Commanding Wit, which flies the flag for the Randwick yard on home ground this Saturday. It is part of the building process, which has Snowden looking a year ahead before he believes they can be a regular player in group races and big carnivals.
“It is about getting a good team around us, from staff to vets to riders,” he said. “We have a lot of younger horses, a lot of which are unraced, so there is potential there. But I think it will take us 12 months to get established.”
There is no rush to make the Snowdens’ mark on Sydney racing but it will happen with a yard of 65 horses to provide the chances. The stable as already reached the five metropolitan wins set by Australian Turf Club as a benchmark.
Instead of managing the massive Darley operation, Snowden has a team that has to be placed right and with four winners from their past six city runners, it is clear the Snowdens have their eye in.
“We have to be a bit more selective with the team and have to find the right races,” Snowden said. “That has been going well.”
The Snowdens will have three runners at Randwick and it is a microcosm of the stable. Two-year-old Proactive is a first starter, while Chilean group 1 winner and a derby placegetter in South America, Sabor A Triunfo, should need further.
“Proactive has had two good trials and I thought the second one was a step up on the first,” Snowden said. “He is bred to get over more ground and I think he is a horse that we will see more of in the spring and next autumn.
“I have only had Sabor A Triunfo for a couple of weeks after getting her from Guy [Walter, after he died]. She is another that is going to better over longer trips. She has great form from Chile. We are still learning about her and that will continue on Saturday.”
Stable Snowden’s best chance will again be Commanding Wit, which is chasing a hat-trick after wins on the Kensington track and course proper at Randwick.
“She is in a suitable race once and has come on since her last win,” Snowden said. “She is in good form and we expect another forward showing.”
The way the Snowdens will go about building as a force is illustrated in Josh Parr riding all three of their runners on Saturday. It is about loyalty and rewarding hard work.
“Josh has been coming out and riding work three and four days a week and we want to build those partnerships,” Snowden said. “He is not the only jockey riding work for us, we have James McDonald and Tye Angland there riding work as well.
“It is good to have jockeys wanting to work with us and it will give our owners a choice of who they want, but we will always be loyal to those who do the work for us.”