Winter Warranty for Brisbane

Warranty has paved the way for a black-type campaign in NSW and Queensland on the back of a sizzling first-up victory at Randwick.

The All Too Hard filly was last on the corner but let down with the fastest 600m sectional (33.67s) on Wednesday to win a BenchMark 74 over 1100 metres.  It was a welcome return for Snowden Racing after she had finished last at Canterbury in February.

“That’s short of her best trip but she’s a quality filly,” Paul Snowden said.  “Blake (Shinn) summed it up…the speed was good and she settled well back with cover.”

Warranty emerged in the spring leading home an All Too Hard trifecta at Randwick before a black-type third in the Desirable Stakes LR at Flemington.

“She was wide and pulled up lame at Canterbury,” Snowden revealed.  “She presents a bit round but doesn’t have to tighten up too much.  She should have won a stakes race already and can do it this time.

“The Hawkesbury Guineas will be next followed by Scone and then, all going well, the Brisbane carnival beckons.”

Fairway Thoroughbreds owners John and Deb Camilleri bought Warranty for $510,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is a half-sister to Randwick winner Wahng Wah (Casino Prince) and their dam Factor Of Safety (Encosta De Lago) is a half-sister to Gathering (Railway Stakes-Gr.1).

Warranty won less an hour after All Too Hard 3yo Evolo overcame the odds to claim his maiden at the Ipswich metro meeting.  After taking a backward step at the start, he was driven to the lead by Jeff Lloyd and was still fighting them off at the end of 1350m.

Evolo is just starting to learn his trade according to trainer Toby Edmonds.  “He’s laid-back but got the job done today.  That was just his second start and there’s condition to work on.  He will improve and will get a journey.”

Like Warranty, he is an All Too Hard – Encosta De Lago cross from Asset Rain.  She is a member of Gerry Harvey’s broodmare band at Baramul Stud and is a three-quarter sister to Emirates Stakes Gr.1 winner Titanic Jack.  Her latest foal is a filly by Press Statement.

Evolo is raced by former high-flyer Rob McAnulty whose colours have been worn by Group 1 stars St Covet, Mouawad, Mr Vitality, Great Command, Tristalove, All Thrills Too, Crystal Palace, Danske, Our Tristalight and San Luis.

Wednesday’s double followed five All Too Hard winners in a week during the Inglis Easter Sales.  A $500,000 filly from Snitzerland topped his yearlings at Riverside Stables.

The Group 1 stage awaits with Team Hawkes quietly confident his 2yo colt Outrageous can win a wide-open Champagne Stakes at Randwick this Saturday.