Snippenova has repaid the patience of trainer David Harrison and his team at Bridge Patrol Lodge with a front-running victory in the Amelia Park Hcp (1000m) at Ascot.
The Snippetson filly has been a work in progress and it took 8 starts to break her maiden on Anzac Day. “She has a high cruising speed and likes to jump and roll along in the lead,” stable rep Tony Triscari said. “She resents racing with cover and her manners have never been much good.
“She pulled her head off first up in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy and then put in a huge run when beaten at head (by Street Parade) at Ascot. Hopefully, she’s losing that attitude and has turned the corner.”
Snippenova (3f Snippetson – Secret Nova by So Secret) was a $100,000 buy from Scenic Lodge at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions. Harrison purchased her for a number of long-term stable clients including Graham & Megan Donovan, Keith & Carol Holly, Lex & Shirley Piper, Ron O’Malley, Gerry Ryan, Oliver Kiddie and Tony Oreb.
They were joined by ‘Showusdmoney’ who bought in after winning that year’s RWWA Own The Dream competition.
Showusdmoney (Photo / Western Racpix) is managed by Russell Collier for his wife Elli, sisters Sue Hall and Tracie Tennent and her partner Kevin Copeland plus good mate Don Puren. The Own The Dream first prize was $10,000 and they optioned a slice of Snippenova and stablemate Cousin Nicci (Nicconi) who won her maiden at Esperance in February.
Snippenova is the second foal from a John Maas-bred mare who completed a winning hat-trick at Ascot for trainer Jim Taylor before retiring to Scenic Lodge.
Secret Nova’s third foal Hot Nova (Safeguard) won a Lark Hill 2yo trial earlier this month for Pearce Racing. The mare has a weanling colt from the penultimate crop of Snippetson and she was covered by Universal Ruler in October.
Taylor unveiled another Snippetson with ability on Monday morning when unraced filly Rocket Storm won a 2yo trial at Belmont. Her dam True Storm (Hurricane Sky) was also trained by Taylor and she raced in the distinctive Scenic Lodge silks for six wins at Ascot and Belmont.