Snitzel Colt Imperial Force Looks Headed to the Top

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 17

High-priced yearling Imperial Force may have earned a trip to Queensland for Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes after leading home a 1-2-3 finish for Snitzel in the James Squire Maiden Hcp (1250m) at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Beaten into second place when an odd-on favourite behind Hezdarnhottoo at Randwick-Kensington on March 27, Imperial Force made no mistake at start two.


Ridden by Nash Rawiller for Chris Waller, Imperial Force travelled in the slipstream of the leader Catoggio. Eased out while still under a stranglehold, Imperial Force accelerated like a horse with an exciting future.

A $1,600,000 buy for Coolmore Australia from the Lime Country Thoroughbreds draft at the 2023 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Imperial Force defeated the $900,000 Snitzel colt Monte Veebee by three and three-quarter lengths with the $900,000 Snitzel colt Dark Arts three-quarters of a length back in third.

“It was a tidy effort, I’m impressed,” Waller said.

“He is a well-bred colt in a good ownership group and the Huddy colours to the fore. He looks to have a bright future.

“Race experience is a big key. Once a horse knows how to race I don’t mind chancing the arm. It was a great ride by Nash; he even got a bit of cover turning for home.  

“I’ll speak to the team and see what they are keen to do. I might push on to Queensland for a big race or two up there.”

Imperial Force a $1,600,000 Inglis Easter yearling

Bred by Harp Thoroughbreds, Imperial Force is a brother to Group III winner Sprightly Lass, Listed winner Le Cordon Bleu and stakes-placed Stratosphere, a successful stallion at  Grenville Stud.

He is the fifth winner for the Listed Gosford Slipper winner Ultimate Fever (Gold Fever) who has been pensioned.

Imperial Force is the seventh 2-year-old winner of the season for Snitzel. 


Race Result - James Squire Mdn Hcp 1250m

Canterbury Track: Good(4) Time: 1:13.47
Imperial Force
- 2c Snitzel (AUS) x Ultimate Fever (AUS) (Gold Fever (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: N Rawiller 58
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,600,000
Seller: Lime Country Thoroughbreds, Blandford
Buyer: Coolmore Australia
Monte Veebee
- 2c Snitzel (AUS) x Snogging (AUS) (I Am Invincible (AUS))
Tnr: R & L Price Rdr: A Hyeronimus 57
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $900,000
Seller: Silverdale Farm, Avoca
Buyer: Roughwood Park
Dark Arts
- 2c Snitzel (AUS) x Zasorceress (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Tommy Berry 57
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
Seller: Kitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Andrew Williams Bloodstock (FBAA)/Bevan Smith Bloodstock
Great White Shark
- 2c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Arabian Gold (AUS) (Dubawi (IRE))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J B Mc Donald 57
- 2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Palazzo Pubblico (AUS) (Conatus (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Regan Bayliss 58
Malbork Castle
- 2g Castelvecchio (AUS) x Flidais (AUS) (Timber Country (USA))
Tnr: Richard Litt Rdr: J Ford 57
- 2c American Pharoah (USA) x Al Anood (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: Tyler Schiller 56
- 2c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Twilight Royale (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Zac Lloyd 57
Willie Oppa
- 2c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Roz (GB) (Teofilo (IRE))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Tim Clark 57
Sound Waves
- 2g Microphone (AUS) x Solid Foundation (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: Ms A Turner Rdr: Ms B Panya 53.5
Marvel Man
- 2g Stratum Star (AUS) x Peggy Dawn (AUS) (Dawn Approach (IRE))
Tnr: Craig Carmody Rdr: C Schofield 56
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