Huetor, the booming French import, could become a Group 3 candidate for the Summer Cup if he maintains his unbeaten Australian record at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Champion’s trainer Peter Snowden acknowledged that Huetor’s sudden emergence was a “pleasant surprise” and that there are big racing ambitions in place if the gelding wins the Cabra Bowls Handicap (2000m).
“The Summer Cup is a possibility for Huetor, but he has to run really well at Rosehill,” said Snowden, who is training in partnership with his son, Paul.
Coach Peter Snowden is considering a Summer Cup chance for the Huetor import. Image: Getty Images
“We’re only planning to give him a couple of starts this mix and then take him out and give him a crack in the fall.”
Huetor made his down under debut with a resounding 1600m victory at The Hunter meeting in Newcastle three weeks ago.
Most of Huetor’s best form in France had been at remaining distances and Snowden admitted the team were unsure of what to expect from the gelding at Newcastle.
“I got a lot of satisfaction out of this win,” said Snowden.
“It was a bit of watch and see that day because we only gave him one barrier try, but after that try he really took the leap and got back to work.
“We decided to run him a mile to get a feel for what he could do in a race. I really liked what he did for the last 600 meters because he managed a good gallop.
“He has progressed really well since this round and there are more advantages for him. The 2000m should be ideal for him, as should the three-week gap between Newcastle and Rosehill.
Huetor, a double winner out of nine starts in Europe, only arrived at the Snowden stables in Randwick in September.
“We haven’t had a lot of time with him, we’re still learning on the horse,” said Snowden.
Kerrin McEvoy will once again be Huetor’s partner for the Snowden team. Image: Getty Images
“But he acclimated quite quickly. He would grow his winter “coat” if he was still in France and although he has some hair on his back, he looks great and settles in well.
Huetor has a $ 7 chance in final TAB fixed odds bets for Saturday’s race where a win would lock in a start in the $ 160,000 Group 3 (2,000m) Summer Cup at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day .
Team Snowden also leans on another of its talented imported gallopers, I Am Superman, for the other leg of the Sydney summer race double, the $ 750,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 11.
I Am Superman, a multiple Group 2 winner, is $ 11 in Villiers’ latest bet after his solid second place behind talented Sinawann in the Heffernan Stakes at Caulfield last week.
“I thought I Am Superman did a ‘PB’ last week, his sections were pretty good and his grade was the best he’s had so far,” Snowden said.
“But the winner (Sinawann) could be very good. I know the team (Anthony and Sam Freedman) were confident going into the race and Sinawann followed us all the way and finished too well.
Snowden said I Am Superman had done Caulfield’s run very well and was on track for the Villiers, although the coach is concerned about his miler’s likely handicap and expects him to reach 59 -60 kg.
I Am Superman is getting ready for the Villiers. Photo: Grant Guy
The Snowden team are counting only on Huetor during the Rosehill meeting with Ka Bling, three years old, promising who lines up in the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Sprint (1200m).
Ka Bling, winner of two races (and two places) out of four starts in a promising first race campaign, only has a $ 11 chance for Saturday’s race, indicating the depth of the field with undefeated Snitzonfire, the favorite at $ 3.90.
But Snowden thinks highly of Ka Bling who was able to endure a tough, wide run and still score with authority in the Wyong’s last start.
“Ka Bling did a good job at Wyong,” Snowden said. “It’s hard to do what he did and win.
“This is his first preparation for the race, so he did a very good job. He is a good horse who keeps improving.
“His work has been very good since Wyong; he’s still working well but we’ll probably give him a break after Saturday.
Snowden has another last start winner, Ranges, well placed for Saturday’s Smithfield RSL Club Sprint (1200m).
Ranges was also trapped in three widths without cover during the resumption of The Gong race from Kembla Grange, but showed admirable courage to secure a narrow victory over Rammstein and El Buena, two of his main rivals again. at Rosehill.
Peter Snowden was pleasantly surprised by the Ranges (red) victory at Kembla. Image: Getty Images
“I was surprised at what Ranges did to Kembla because he was ‘soft’ before this race,” said Snowden.
“He had every reason to put his hand up and say it would do me good, but he kept sticking his head out and was very hard on the line.
“Ranges hasn’t missed a beat since and although he has another tough draw but (apprentice) Reed Jones’ 3kg claim helps and you know with this horse he never makes a bad race. “
The Snowden Vizier will turn heads when he takes part in the Dooleys Handicap (1500m).
The Vizier made his first run for Team Snowden when he finished fifth near Zarastro at Rosehill last month.
“In the first round of Le Vizir for us he didn’t stand a chance at all, couldn’t get out and was only beaten by two and a half lengths,” said Snowden.
“He had a lot more to offer if he got into the clear air and I think he will run really well until the 1500m. He’s a beautiful horse, absolutely brilliant and he should be very competitive.
Snowden acknowledged that Peekay’s Legacy needs to improve when competing in the Campbelltown Catholic Club Handicap (1800m).
“Both of his comebacks have gone well, but he probably needs to be picked up to be fair to have a chance in this race,” said the coach.
The father-son training partnership is also expecting a major screening of Briar’s Kingdom in the Chadwick Handicap Hall (1400m) during the Kensington Twilight Reunion on Friday.
Briar’s Kingdom has refreshed since the start of its campaign with successive rankings in the provincials in October.
“The horse is doing really well and it’s a great race for him,” said Snowden.
The Snowden team also has Miss Bosetti and Miss Sure Shot competing in the Precise Air Handicap (1250m) on Friday.
“They’re both coming off disappointing tracks,” Snowden conceded.
“Miss Bosetti went wild in first place in Kembla, but the 1250m is more her goal.
“From a better draw she can run faster, maybe she could dictate and give herself a better chance.
“Her second place record is very good so I expect her to rebound well, but Miss Sure Shot needs to improve.”