Snogging here to stay

Snogging might provide her stallion I Am Invincible with a new accolade following a comfortable win against fellow three-year-old fillies at Caulfield on Saturday.

I Am Invincible is one of Australia's super stallions with 31 individual winners, but only two - I Am A Star (Myer Classic, Sunline Stakes, Stocks Stakes) and Look To The Stars (Princess Stakes in Queensland) - have won stakes races at 1600 metres.


Snogging might be the first to earn black type at 2000 metres after impressing both her trainer Trent Busuttin and rider Damien Oliver with her dominant performance.

Busuttin said the filly, who was coming off a disappointing run in Adelaide, had always shown stakes ability as well as showing she could cope with a middle distance trip also.

"She's bred to run 1200 metres but she was never going to be that sharp," Busuttin said. "She handled the mile here easily today and I think she could get 2000 metres as she settled pretty well there and finished it off well."

Oliver sat back near the tail of the field before getting off the fence before the corner and then unleashing the filly down the outside. On the line, the $4 chance had two lengths over I'm Buxom ($9) with three quarters of a length to Princess Mia ($8.50) in third place.

Oliver said he was taken with the filly's ability to quicken. "She's shown stakes class potential – but she's not quite there yet – but I am sure there's a little stakes race in her."

Busuttin said he would look at running Snogging in the 1600-metre Adelaide Guineas in two weeks before setting his sights on Brisbane where she could run in the 1600-metre Queensland Guineas or take the step to 2000 metres in the Group 3 Doomben Roses on May 12.

Snogging was a $260,000 yearling purchase from the draft of Mill Park Stud at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

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