Promising Snitzel Colt Breaks his Maiden at Canterbury

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 21

With the first season stallions going 1-2-3-4 in the fillies division, it took the champion Snitzel to halt the run in the colts and gelding division of the 2yo maiden (1200m) at Canterbury, when the favourite Cork Harbour rallied to hold the challenge of the Star Turn colt Astrologer.

Given a positive ride by James McDonald, Cork Harbour dominated the race from the front. He looked to be in some trouble when Astrologer peeled off his back.

Star Turn’s son got within a neck of Cork Harbour at the 200 metres, but his run had come to an end.

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Harbour defeated Astrologer by a length with a further three-quarter of a length back to the Foxwedge gelding Leen Fox in third.

It was the second start for Cork Harbour, who had impressed when fourth behind the promising Remarque at Rosehill on January 16.

Winning trainer Chris Waller said the son of Snitzel has a bright future.

Cork Harbour a $475,000 Easter Yearling

 “It is all ahead of him; he is going to improve a lot,” Waller said.

“It’s good to get the maiden out of the way early. He is pretty professional. I don’t think they went all that first 200m, so  James was happy to take up the running.

“It is good to have a versatile horse. I think he is a good sprinter who will be stronger as a three-year-old.”

Campaigned by a high-profile group of owners led by Coolmore Stud, Cork Harbour was a $475,000 purchase by Tom Magnier out of the Willow Park Stud consignment at the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

 

 A half-brother to Matthew Dale’s promising Tavistock filly Molly Nails, Cork Harbour is the second winner from as many foals out of the stakes-winning Pins mare Maritimo.

A $200,000 Karaka yearling, Maritimo was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $575,000 at the 2017 National Broodmare Sale.

 Maritimo has Fastnet Rock weanling filly and was covered by Pariah last spring.

Cork Harbour is the ninth 2yo winner in Australia for the season. Only Better Than Ready (12) and I Am Invincible (11) have more.

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Race Result - Darley 2021 Roster Mdn Hcp 1200m

Canterbury Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.34
1
Cork Harbour
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57
2c Snitzel (AUS) x Maritimo (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $475,000
V:Willow Park Stud, Scone
B: T Magnier
2
1.0
Astrologer
T: P & P Snowden J: J Bowman 59
2c Star Turn (AUS) x Fast 'n' Witty (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Edinglassie Thoroughbreds, Muswellbrook, NSW
B: James Harron Bloodstock
3
1.8
Leen Fox
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 57
2g Foxwedge (AUS) x Kristy Lee (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
4
2.2
Overmann
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 57.5
2g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Zakayla (GB) (Aqlaam (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $180,000
V:Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds, Avenel
B: Hawkes Racing
5
3.5
Brillar
T: James Cummings J: J Parr 57
2c Exosphere (AUS) x Glows (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS))
6
3.9
Bartoselli
T: John Thompson J: Tim Clark 57
2g Dissident (AUS) x Golden Sunshine (AUS) (Danzero (AUS))
7
6.2
Otelo
T: David Payne J: J R Collett 56.5
2g Shalaa (IRE) x Angasi (AUS) (Street Boss (USA))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $160,000
V:Glenvale Park, Glenning Valley
B: Aramco Racing Pty Limited
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $155,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow
B: Breeze Up Bloodstock
8
6.4
Saiko
T: P & P Snowden J: A Adkins 55
2c Maurice (JPN) x Our Miss Bossy (AUS) (Street Boss (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Murrulla Stud, Wingen
B: Triple Crown Syndications
9
6.5
Koondeeman
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: S Clipperton 57
2g Your Song (AUS) x Dearness (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))
10
6.9
Mandalong Cash
T: G R Nickson J: G Boss 56
2c Capitalist (AUS) x Niagara Falls (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Valiant Stud, Aberdeen
B: Gary Nickson Racing
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