Snitzerland all class in Danehill Stakes

Class filly Snitzerland left it late to snatch a narrow victory in the G2 VRC Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.  She was held up in the straight before finding room on the fence to collar long-time leader Stralia.

Snitzerland (3f Snitzel – Monte Rosa by Fraar) started a prohibitive $1.40 favourite after winning the G3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up at Rosehill last month.  “The plan was to keep under cover because of the windy conditions,” trainer Gerald Ryan revealed.  “She’s better chasing rather than leading.”

Ryan indicated the G1 Coolmore Stakes is the spring goal for the Snitzel filly and, in the meantime, she will revert to set-weight filly features.  The Danehill prizemoney increased her earnings to more than $1.08 million.

Snitzel was also trained by Ryan and stands at Arrowfield Stud for a $33,000 fee.  He got her from an unraced sister to G3 winner Nina Haraka.

Owners Neil Werrett and Steve McCann purchased Snitzerland for $125,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.  She won the G3 Breeders Stakes at Flemington on a previous trip south before finishing a long neck second to Pierro in the G1 Golden Slipper.

Werrett is well-known for his association with world champion Black Caviar.  He and fellow part-owner Steve McCann are also members of a local syndicate that owns Vinery Australia.  They were in the news last week when Tom Simon put his entire Vinery USA portfolio up for sale.

Vinery Australia is owned by Werrett and McCann along with Simon, Gerry Harvey, Greg Perry and Alan Green.  They assured local breeders the Hunter Valley arm of the operation won’t be affected by the change of ownership in North America.

– Karl Patterson