Things are falling into place for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden as they begin what could be a record-breaking winter carnival with Russian Revolution and Redzel in the Group One Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.
The father and son training partnership has swept all before them since starting out in 2014 and with their biggest Brisbane win sp far the Group One 2015 BTC Cup with Hot Snitzel.
Their first wish was granted with Russian Revolution and Redzel who drew perfectly in barriers five and three for the Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
“We were hoping for good barriers for them both and that is what we got,” Paul Snowden said.
Russian Revolution beat Redzel by a short neck to win the Group One Galaxy two runs back and is the 10,000 favourite but Snowden believes Redzel has a real chance.
A last-start Randwick winner, Redzel was also nominated for the Goodwood in Adelaide on Saturday week, but travelled to Brisbane with Russian Revolution.
“There was nothing between them in the Galaxy and I think that is good form,” Snowden said.
Russian Revolution trialled impressively at Randwick on April 28 winning his heat in the best effort of the morning.
But Snowden said Redzel’s close second to stablemate Wild ‘N’ Famous at the same set of trials was also good work.
The Snowdens could have as many as 17 horses stabled at Eagle Farm during the winter.
It would be the biggest team from a southern trainer since the 1960s and 70s when the late TJ Smith would bring up to 20 horses for the carnival.
“I think we have ten at Scone this weekend and seven of them are going north,” Snowden said.
“There are four up there already and we have some others to straggle their way north,” he said.
The Snowdens had their first winner of the Brisbane carnival when Taking Aim won the Group Three Ken Russell Stakes last Saturday.
“It was a good way to start and lets hope it continues,” Snowden said.
Peter Snowden won the 10,000 with Beaded (2011)and Epaulette (2013) when he was head trainer for Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation and the race was over 1350 metres.