Trainer Chris Munce believes sprinter SNOOPY has benefitted from three weeks between runs as he attempts to breakthrough in stakes grade in tomorrow’s $175,000 Group 3 UBET W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
The consistent five-year-old finished a creditable fourth last-start in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 2 and steps up to the 1200m at Doomben tomorrow for the first time since finishing a narrow third in the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes in December.
SNOOPY has an impressive record at 1200m, having been placed in all five career runs at the distance, including two wins.
Experienced hoop Mark De Plessis takes his first ride aboard SNOOPY tomorrow and will have the task of navigating a path from a wide gate in barrier 12.
“Snoopy is going terrific, three weeks between runs suits him really well,” said Munce.
“He’s drawn a bit wide but the horse is going very well at this point.”
The stable also has runners at the Gold Coast and Beaudesert tomorrow, with Distroyia lining up in the Beaudesert Cup (1400m) and Sir Cass in the Class 3 Plate (1800m) at the Gold Coast.
Read Chris’ thoughts on those runners below:
Doomben: Tattersall’s Racing Club Saturday 23, June 2018
Race 9 – 4:33PM UBET W.J. HEALY STAKES (1200 METRES)
7. Snoopy (12), Mark Du Plessis, 54.5kg
Gold Coast Turf Club – Saturday 23, June 2018
Race 7 – 3:33PM MCCAIN FAST FRY Class 3 Plate (1800 METRES)
7. Sir Cass (11), Nathan Day, 57kg
TRAINER COMMENTS: “Sir Cass is in an open race and he’ll probably get back a bit. The 1800m is a bit short of his best but he’ll improve a lot on top of the ground and is in the right race on Saturday.”
Beaudesert Race Club – Saturday 23, June 2018
Race 6 – 3:50PM BEAUDESERT CUP OPEN Handicap (1400 METRES)
10. Distroyia (6), Vanessa Johnston, 54kg
TRAINER COMMENTS: “It’s a good race for him. He likes Beaudesert and he won over the 1400m there two starts back. Obviously this is a bit harder grade but he’s going very well and hopefully Vanessa Johnston will give him a good ride and he should race very well.”