A Debutant Snitzel Winner for Godolphin

Mark Smith - Friday January 28

Snitzel debutant Sandpaper denied a first Australian winner for the Coolmore first crop stallions Caravaggio (USA) and Churchill (IRE) courtesy of a fearless Hugh Bowman ride in a 1250m 2yo maiden at Canterbury on Friday.

It could have quickly gone pear-shaped for Bowman, who was trapped in a zip-fastener pocket on the Godolphin runner in the 5-horse field. He found a narrow seam along the rail, and Sandpaper did not flinch. The son of Snitzel defeated the front-running Caravaggio (USA) colt Great Siege by three-quarters of a length with a further short-head back to the heavily supported Churchill (IRE) colt Robusto in third.

A Godolphin homebred, Sandpaper is the first foal of the unraced Lonhro mare Smooth, a sister to the champion Pierro. The global superpower famously sold Pierro as a weanling when pinhooked by Musk Creek Farm for $115,000.

All was not lost for Godolphin as Pierro’s half-sister Ambience (Street Cry) won the Group II VRC Wakeful Stakes and Listed ATC Dulcify Quality Handicap.


Smooth never made it to the races after three barrier trials.The daughter of Lonhro missed to Snitzel in 2019, but she foaled an Exceed And Excel filly last spring before visiting Godolphin’s triple Group 1 winner Ghaiyyath (IRE) (Dubawi).

Sandpaper is the fourth 2yo winner of the season for Arrowfield Stud’s flagship stallion Snitzel.


Race Result - Drinkwise Dmn Plate 1250m

Canterbury Track: Good(4) Time: 1:14.47
T: James Cummings J: J Bowman 57
2c Snitzel (AUS) x Smooth (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Great Siege
T: A J Cummings J: J R Collett 57
2c Caravaggio (USA) x Kimblewick (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds, Burradoo, NSW
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services Pty Ltd (FBAA)
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $100,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: Lime Country Thoroughbreds / James Bester Bloodstock
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57
2c Churchill (IRE) x She's Clean (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
A Lot More Love
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: J Innes Jnr 55
2f Sebring (AUS) x Little Bita Love (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
MM Gold Coast National Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Hamilton Brown
Dreamtime Legend
T: M C Conners J: Ms K O'Hara 57
2c Wandjina (AUS) x Whey Sauce (JPN) (Kurofune (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $40,000
V:Kingstar Farm, Denman, NSW
B: Marc Conners Racing
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