Snippetson spanned a generation last week with his veteran sprinter Snippets Land and untapped 2yo colt Downforce.
Snippets Land won the 2015 Canberra National Sprint and reprised that Listed victory in the 2019 edition on Sunday. In between, he added more black-type in the G3 BRC Sprint and LR Spear Chief Hcp in Brisbane.
“He’s a rising 9yo and the zest for racing is still there,” trainer Peter Snowden claimed. “He’s a grand old performer, he’s ultra-consistent and always puts in.”
Snippets Land has turned a $120,000 price-tag at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions into an $850,000 pot of gold for Yellowbrick Road syndicate manager Ross Visalli.
Snippetson has called Scenic Lodge home since his arrival from the Hunter Valley 2015. Bubaroochy opened his locally-bred account at Pinjarra prior to kick-starting an autumn campaign with a trial win over top filly Miss West Coast at Lark Hill on Monday.
Downforce was equally impressive in a Belmont trial last Tuesday. He presented like a professional sitting outside the leader before lengthening low to the ground to score by more than two lengths.
The time (60.46s) was the second-fastest of 18 heats over 1000m for 2YOs, 3YOs and older ages – it was only bettered by Chris Gangemi’s Flemington stakes winner Saracino (60.05s).
Downforce was a relatively inexpensive $100,000 buy at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions for Neville & Carol Parnham and part-owners Ron Sayers & Bob Pearson. His older half-sister Silent Sedition (War Chant) won a G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley before joining the elite broodmare portfolio of Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida.
Silent Sedition returned a PPT after her maiden cover to Snitzel in September last year.
Snippetson has been WA’s leading active sire since the death of Scenic Lodge flag-bearer Blackfriars in 2017.
Blackfriars ($2.94 million) leads the current premiership from Snippetson ($1.97 million) and fellow Scenic Lodge stallion Universal Ruler ($1.83 million). Next best are Oratorio ($1.40 million) and Patronize ($1.37 million).
Scenic Lodge will announce the 2019 service fees for Snippetson, Universal Ruler and Dash For Cash in the next few weeks.