Making his debut on Saturday at Kenilworth for Snaith Racing, three-year-old colt Crown Towers impressed all, and further cemented the high regard held by his trainer, winning by three and a quarter lengths over 1200m.
A son of dual Group 1 Derby winner Camelot, Crown Towers is the second foal and second winner for the stakes performed Galileo mare Miss With Attitude, and many would suspect that a sprint trip would see the him running on at the finish, but not troubling the leader.
Starting the race favourite Crown Towers was jumped away well by jockey Richard Fourie to settle just off the leading division, which was headed by the Mike Stewart-trained Tintagel.
Working out of the pack with 400m to go, the classic-bred colt powered away from his opposition to take his maiden victory with ease, becoming one of four winners for the Snaith – Fourie combination on the nine-race card.
Bred by Mr Lelio Bibbo, the colt is raced by great Snaith Racing clients Mr Jonsson and Mr Mitchell.
Snaith Racing’s Jonathan Snaith gave the colt high praise after the impressive win.
“Crown Towers is an exciting individual who stamped himself as a serious Guineas and Derby contender,” stated Snaith.
“He’s the real deal and one to follow.”
Sold through the draft of Mill Park Stud at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale to Heywood Bloodstock and Mayfair Speculators for $280,000, the colt headed to South Africa and the stable of Goodhope Racing’s Joey Ramsden.
Due to circumstance outside the control of the Ramsden yard, the colt then headed to a recent Central Route Trading Mixed Sale where Snaith Racing were fortunate enough to purchase the 80% of the colt on offer for R1,7m - the rest is history so they say.
The current Snitzel two-year-old from the mare was sold to Darren Weir and John Foote Bloodstock at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $450,000 and has been named Snittitude, while she has a Sebring yearling colt and is due to foal this season at American Pharoah.
While much of the hype in Darren Weir’s stable centres around his older horses leading into the spring, the master trainer is bullish about the prospects of one of emerging three-year-olds.
Dawn Approach colt Approach Discreet, underlined his talents with a dominant 8.5L win over 1500m at Morphettville on Saturday and will likely rise to Stakes grade in next month’s Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m).
While he also holds an entry for the $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m), Weir said his best may come over 10 furlongs and beyond, indicating the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) could be his ultimate goal this spring.
“The opposition wasn’t great (on Saturday) but he is definitely a nice colt going forward,” Weir said.
“He is owned by Peter Law who buys a lot of horses with us and a lot of them go to Hong Kong he might be one that heads there but hopefully he can at least hang around for the spring.
Purchased from the draft of Mill Park Stud at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $360,000 by outstanding judge John Foote and trainer Darren Weir, Approach Discreet is out of the stakes-winning Exceed And Excel mare Very Discreet, from the prolific black-type producing family of Halo Again which also includes Gr3 SAJC Dermody Stakes winners She's Discreet & Be Discreet, Morphettville Guineas winner Forever Discreet, and Gr3 Bloodhorse Breeders' Stakes winner Gilded Angel.
TRSA has announced another fantastic incentive for owners and trainers to further the excitement of Spring Racing in South Australia.
Six individual race Series have been created, each named after iconic South Australian horses such as the outstanding mare Viddora, who has accumulated more than $2 million in prizemoney to date, and warhorse Riziz, whose strike rate was to be envied, to be held in September, October and November 2018.
Heats will be run at Metropolitan, Provincial and Country race meetings throughout South Australia, with a Final for each Series to be held at Morphettville during the Spring Carnival.
These Series will be held over a range of distances to provide opportunities for as many horses as possible, with the following Series Finals:
Saturday 20 October $100,000 Rebel Raider Series Final (3yo), 1200 metres
Saturday 27 October $100,000 Viddora Series Final (Mares BM 80), 1300 metres
Saturday 3 November $100,000 Riziz Sprint Series Final (BM 75), 1100 metres
Tuesday 6 November $100,000 Skybeau Stayers Series Final (BM 75), 2000 metres
Saturday 10 November $100,000 Happy Trails Series Final (BM 7), 1400 metres