Group III Success for Snitzel's Juan Diva

Mark Smith - Saturday June 25

Superbly bred Juan Diva left it late in life to break through at stakes level, which she achieved with a fighting win in the Group III Eureka Stud WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

A valuable Group III success for Juan Diva (image Michael McInally/Racing Queensland)

Coming off a Group 1 win on Startantes, Jason Collett drove the rising 6yo daughter of Snitzel to a three-quarter length win over Prime Candidate (Denman) with Ranges (Shooting To Win) a neck back in third.

Trained by the father and son combination, Richard and Will Freedman, the Trelawney Stud colour-bearer advances her record to five wins, four seconds, and a third from 20 starts with earnings of $341,940.

With the absence of his trainers, Juan Diva was saddled up by Brian Smith.

“What a lovely filly. She’s had a bit of bad luck with bad draws but she was down in weight today,” Smith said.

“She was meant to run at Ipswich last week but they had the guts to pull her out when the track was so bad. That takes a lot of doing but they got their reward today.

“The thing that is so great, Trelawney Stud, they own her in New Zealand and they’re great friends of mine and the Freedman boys. I’ve got to thank them for trusting me with these horses.

“I’m very proud to be able to win one for them today.”

Winning jockey Jason Collett reflected on his day.

“Fantastic. I had a wide trip and it was a very good effort by her. I had to start asking her to improve before the 600 and I thought this won’t end well,” Collett said.

“She actually came up under me. Brian and Richard (and Will) had her in really good order and I was able to wait until she got into the straight and ask her to improve again..

“It’s good for the Kiwis, with Trelawney Stud there.”

Bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds, Juan Diva was consigned by Segenhoe Stud to the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where she failed to make her $700,000 reserve.

Juan Diva failed to make her $700,000 reserve at Inglis Easter

She is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the top-class Husson (ARG) mare Peron.

Purchased by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds for $610,000 at the 2014 Patinack Dispersal, Peron won five races highlighted by the Listed IpswTC Gai Waterhouse Classic and was multiple Group placed.

A half-sister to the stakes winners Atmospherical and Gai’s Choice, Peron has an unraced 2yo Deep impact (JPN) filly named The Way We Were, in training with Peter Moody.

She has a yearling filly by Justify (USA) and foaled a brother to Juan Diva last spring before being covered by Wooton Bassett.

Juan Diva is the 123rd stakes-winner for Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel who stands at a fee of $220,000 in 2022.  


Race Result - Eureka Stud W.J. Healy Stakes Gr3 1200m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.81
Juan Diva
T: Richard & Will Freedman J: J R Collett 54
5m Snitzel (AUS) x Peron (AUS) (Husson (ARG))
Inglis January (Late) Online Sale $105,000
B: ML Stables
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $900,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: James Harron Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Prime Candidate
T: Bjorn Baker J: Brock Ryan 56.5
7g Denman (AUS) x Coolroom Candidate (AUS) (Mister C. (USA))
T: P & P Snowden J: Ryan Maloney 55
5g Shooting To Win (AUS) x I Believe (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
Shooting For Gold
T: S O'Dea & M Hoysted J: W Pike 55
4g Shooting To Win (AUS) x Amber's Crown (AUS) (Excites (AUS))
T: T J Gollan J: J Bowman 60
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Fuwa (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
King Of Sparta
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 54
3g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Octavia (AUS) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE))
Simply Fly
T: Rex Lipp & Nick Hahn J: J Ford 54
4g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Express Air (AUS) (Piccolo (GB))
T: T J Gollan J: Ben Thompson 54
5g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Sonnenblume (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Doctor Zous
T: D J Hansen J: Tiffani Brooker 54
6g Zoustar (AUS) x Cautious (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
T: N H Boyle J: S T Collett 54
7g Master Of Design (AUS) x Miracle Magic (AUS) (Dash For Cash (AUS))
Mass Destruction
T: T J Gollan J: Ms S Thornton 54
4g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Kinka Rhode (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Alpine Edge
T: A J & T Edmonds J: J Byrne 54
3c Better Than Ready (AUS) x Freezethemillions (AUS) (Freeze (AUS))
April Rain
T: C J Waller J: M R Du Plessis 54
5m Pierro (AUS) x Faith Hill (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Matthew Dunn/Neil Jenkinson
MM National Weanling Sale $160,000
V:Coolmore Australia Jerrys Plains NSW
B: Justin Casse
T: C J Waller J: James Orman 56
4g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Bit Of Cheek (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
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