Champion Sydney trainer Peter Snowden is confident a huge drop in class will lead to his classy colt Sokudo breaking through for his first win at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday.
The two-year-old will contest the 1400-metre maiden plate in which he is well weightedunder the set-weight conditions.
Sokudo has had five starts for three placings, two of which came at Randwick and Warwick Farm.
First up at Hawkesbury over 1300mon April 5, Sokudo went back to third-last in a field of 12before unwinding in the home straight to finish third, beaten less than two lengths. In his most recentstart, the colt took on a classy field in the Fernhill Handicap, a black-type race at Randwick on April 14. After racing in third-last position, Sokudo made up significant ground to finish three lengths behind the smart Futooh.
Saturday’s race is a massive drop in class and Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, told the Herald on Thursday that he expects a bold showing.
“This is a lovely race for him and realistically he wants a bit longer than 1400,but we have freshened him up since his last run three weeks ago,” he said.
“Sokudo is talented but he can be hot and cold. It is a huge drop in class from the Fernhill and he will love the big track.I expect Sokudo to race midfield and be very strong late. Mitchell Bell rode him at Hawkesbury so he knows the horse.”
He was even more confident of the prospects of his lightly raced three-year-old Expierroment in the 1400m maiden handicap.
The gelding carriesthe same colours as stablemate and Everest winnerRedzel and he hasn’t raced since he finished a close third behind the smart Amanito at Newcastle on December 3.
Expierroment has since had a recent barrier trial at Randwick.
“I really like this horse,” Snowden said. “He is a Saturday city class horse. I am not sure if I will send him to Newcastle. I have nominated Expierroment for Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting.”
Kris Lees will saddle up six runners at Newcastle on Saturday and the three-year-old filly Wisdom Treeis a standout in the 1200mmaiden plate.
The daughter of Australian champion sire Snitzelturned in an eye-catcher on debut at Wyong on April 19. She was taken back to last in a field of nine in the 1000m maiden and when called on at the 400m mark, she stormed home to be beaten less than 1 �0�5lengths.
The longer trip on the more spacious track should lead to victory for the filly. Of Lees’ other starters, Ten Carat (race 5), Juventus (race 7) and Greater Good (race 8) all have strong claims in their respective events.
Another Newcastle galloper, Flying Rose should end a frustrating run of minor placings when she steps out in the 1600mclass 2 handicap.
This preparation, the mare has been placed in four of her five starts. She has been placed in all of her Newcastle starts.