Newcastle Newmarket: Peter Snowden's Snippets Land in form for shot at stable's fourth title

FORMER Scone trainer Peter Snowden is confident Snippets Land has the form to give him a fourth Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400 metres) on Friday.

Peter Snowden

Peter Snowden

The six-year-old gelding was on the third line of betting at $6 with TAB Fixed Odds for the group 3 race behind the John O’Shea-trained Chetwood ($2.80) and Pat Webster’s Happy Clapper ($4.40) on Thursday for the $150,000 group 3 race.

The Randwick trainer believed Snippets Land showed at his most recent start that he was ready to add a third black-type win to his record.

Snippets Land finished inside a length third to Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Le Romain in the group 3 Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick on February 13.

Le Romain, which held out the Rod Northam-trained Big Money in the Southern Cross, went on to beat Chautauqua in a thrilling finish on heavy ground three weeks later in the group 1 Canterbury Stakes.

“We’ve targeted this race for some time, this has been his race,” Snowden said.

“The horse likes his runs spaced and it’s been a month since he raced against Le Romain, who franked that form by winning the other day.

“He’s very honest, he never runs a bad race.”

He said Happy Clapper was the big danger and class horse of the Newmarket.

He expected Snippets Land, which has Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, to be three pairs back in running and ready to strike on Friday.

Last year, Snowden and his son, Paul, claimed the quinella in the Newmarket with Artistry beating Nancy.

The Snowdens also won with Bello in 2013 and Falaise in 2008.

The 5.35pm Newmarket is the feature race on the newly rebranded Newcastle Racecourse’s first full program on the renovated $11.2 million course proper. Friday’s meeting will feature an additional, ninth race after the washout of Gosford’s program on Wednesday.

“The NJC offered to host one of their races to reduce congestion in programming and consequently our last is now at 6.05pm – so it gives people the perfect opportunity to duck in after work,” Newcastle Jockey Club chief Matt Benson said.

“We want people to support this historic day for Newcastle. The track has been perfect in the recent trials and the wet weather we have received has drained already. It is the best draining track in the country.”

The Newmarket field is:

1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster-Blake Shinn barrier 7 59kg

2 CHETWOOD John O'Shea-William Buick barrier 10 58kg

3 VANBRUGH Chris Waller-Brenton Avdulla barrier 6 57kg

4 SNIPPETS LAND Peter & Paul Snowden-Kerrin McEvoy barrier 2 56kg

5 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard-Glyn Schofield barrier 1 56kg

6 MARENOSTRO Chris Waller-Tye Angland barrier 11 55kg

7 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE Desleigh Forster-Corey Brown barrier 5 54kg

8 WOULDNT IT BE NICE Paul Perry-Rachel King (a) barrier 4 54kg

9 KELLYVILLE FLYER Jason Attard-Tim Clark barrier 8 54kg

10 GOT UNDERS Jay Hopkins-James Innes Jnr (a) barrier 9 54kg

11 LUCKY IMA CUGAT Steve Hodge-Serg Lisnyy barrier 3 54kg