Both Group 1 winner HOT SNITZEL and Group 3 winner DOTHRAKI represented the Triple Crown and Snowden Racing team in the Group 2 Linlithgo Stakes over 1200m down the Flemington straight on Derby Day.

It was a great sight seeing them both make their runs together. At the 200m mark you would have sworn they were to finish first and second, however the leader ECLAIRE CHOICE proved a touch too strong with our boys finishing a close second and third.

The pair now have combined earnings of over $2,000,000, a figure which far surpasses their modest price tags of $60,000 (HOT SNITZEL) and $45,000 (DOTHRAKI).


Consistent three-year-old filly DENPURR made the trip down south for a run in the Listed Hybrid Plate over 1400m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. Drawing a barrier in the visitors car park didn’t help her cause, however in true DENPURR fashion she displayed a blistering turn of foot to clinch third on the line and score her first top three finish in a stakes race!

Her result leads us to believe that there are more stakes race successes in her future ahead of a happy (and lucrative) career in the breeding paddock.


Following the retirement of our Group 1 Sire’s Produce winning filly PEGGY JEAN earlier this year due to injury, the owners agreed to put her in foal in order to sell her at a premium price down the track. Top young sire I AM INVINCIBLE was the sire chosen for her and we’re pleased to report that she has passed the 45 day positive pregnancy test earlier this month.

PEGGY JEAN is following in the foot steps of Triple Crown mares CAVALRY ROSE (sold in foal to PIERRO for $650,000), PATRONYME (sold in foal to FASTNET ROCK for $325,000) and FLYING SNITZEL (sold for $400,000 not in foal).


Favourite way to spend time outside of racing?
I am tragic foodie, I love trying new restaurants and bars or frequenting the old favourites with my friends and family. I also thoroughly enjoy chilling out at the beach on a nice day.

Favourite non-Triple Crown horse?
At risk of sounding monotonous, I am a big Black Caviar fan. What a heart!

What do you love about the racing industry?
The excitement and the thrill. You can’t beat that feeling when your horse wins, it’s indescribable. I also really enjoy following the progeny and/or close relatives of horses I have had something to do with in the past, seeing them at the yearling sales and then the races. Watching pedigree pages grow stronger and develop is very interesting.

Do you have a favourite jockey?
I am a big Hugh Bowman fan – he has a useful knack for getting out of trouble when in a sticky situation.

Do you have a punting approach?
My punting approach is to abstain. I am not great at it!

The best aspect of your job?
Having a varied stable of horses to follow, it’s as if I have a share in all of them! Celebrating with owners, watching these horses grow, learn and (hopefully) win races is a fantastic element of the role.


At the end of October Mike and Chris set off on a reconnaissance mission to the UK to attend the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale held in Newmarket, England. It was an amazing trip which took in not only the sale but also a tour of Godolphin’s Newmarket training operations and an introduction to the Sir Henry Cecil trained Frankel who was the best racehorse of our times (yes, better than Black Caviar) and is now standing at Juddmonte Farms at a fee of AUD$275,000 for every single service. His first crop of yearlings have just gone through the sales ring and averaged AUD$1,000,000 (how we would love to have a couple of those!).

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale has produced graduates such as the 2000 Guineas winner and now international sire Makfi, as well as successful Australian middle and longer distance runners such as Foreteller, Moriarty, Disclaimer, The Offer, Junoob, Kelinni, etc. With Australian breeding respected for its speed genetics, the UK and Europe are equally respected for their stamina genetics so this sale certainly opens up an option for us to pursue horses suitable for targeting our lucrative classic races should our owners wish to go down this route in the future. In order to avoid any potential pitfalls in foreign markets, one first needs to do their research and understand how things operate locally. With the experience and knowledge gathered on this expedition, Mike and Chris now feel very well placed to take their tried and true blueprint for Australian sales over to the UK and make a similarly successful impact when venturing over there.

No ‘trip of a lifetime’ would be complete of course without a detour to the Rugby World Cup Final on their way back to cheer on the Wallabies versus All Blacks. Whilst the result didn’t go our way this time it was certainly a privilege to see two greats of the game in Dan Carter and Richie McCaw play their final matches and also see the Australians mount an enormous comeback in true Aussie spirit against the world’s best only to just fall short in the end.

The boys arrived home on Melbourne Cup day to complete their memorable trip and what better way to return than by seeing the team’s talented three-year-old filly Denpurr earn her first bit of black type (the first of many we hope!) at Flemington on one of the World’s greatest racing days.


Yes, they still send hard copy catalogues! It’s an old school industry… However its arrival means that Chris and Mike have a lot of reading to do prior to heading up there to select the next bunch of horses to carry the Triple Crown red. 1016 yearlings will be auctioned over five days, beginning on the 6th of January 2016.

For those of you not on the catalogue mailing list, or are simply more technologically adept, click here to view the online catalogue. You may see a few familiar names on some of the pedigree pages.


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