Summer Passage Number Seven For Snitzel
Highgrove Stud’s Ron Gilbert celebrated his third career Group 1 and Snitzel sired his 21st Stakes winner of the season when his 2YO colt Summer Passage won Thursday’s G1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie.
Summer Passage proved himself New Zealand’s best juvenile with the win and a trip to Sydney for next month’s G1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick is now firmly on the radar.
Summer Passage’s Queensland breeder Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud was ecstatic with his third G1 winner.
“He was a very good sort,’’ Gilbert said of Summer Passage, who has raced just three times for two wins and a second.
“The good yearlings tend to pick themselves and this bloke certainly did that.
“They’re standouts from day one, there’s never an issue with them, they’re very popular with potential buyers and they never turn a hair.”
Summer Passage (Snitzel x Subsequent) was an $800,000 buy at the 2016 Australian Easter Yearling Sale where he was purchased by trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott for owners Hermitage Thoroughbreds.
Gilbert also bred Summer Passage’s dam Subsequent on his Queensland property.
He passed her in at the 2010 Easter Yearling Sale and raced her but retired her after just five starts for broodmare duties.
Subsequent has produced four foals – Summer Passage, her full sister, a Sepoy colt and a Sebring colt.
The other G1 winners bred by Gilbert are Wanted and Porto Roca.
Summer Passage’s victory was the first G1 win of the season for Snitzel and the seventh of his career.
This season he is setting the pace with his 21 stakes winners including six individual 2YO stakes winners.
• SECOND chances don’t come along very often and Tony Pike turned his into a Group One victory with the Pentire mare Chenille in the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on Thursday.
The Cambridge trainer was on the verge of scratching Chenille from the Auckland Cup last Saturday before rain forced the rescheduling of the event and gave him a second chance.
It was an emotional win for Pike, who shares in the ownership syndicate as does his father Wayne, who is battling ill health at present, and his mother Vicki.
The Auckland Cup had been the five-year-old mare’s target all season, and she boasted impressive form credentials with three wins this season including the Karaka Stayers’ Cup (2200m) and the Nathans Memorial (2100m).
Tony Pike also won the Auckland Cup in 2015 with another Karaka graduate Rock Diva (Lucky Unicorn).
“I’m just glad we got a second chance and the track came back. It’s a huge buzz for my parents,” Pike said.
From 27 career starts, Chenille has now won nine and placed in another eight, earning more than $548,000 in prize-money.
Chenille was bred by Pike in partnership with his parents Wayne and Vicki, and they now share in the ownership with their long-time friends Graeme and Jackie Capes.
Under their Longlands Stud banner, the Pikes offered Chenille at the 2013 Premier Sale, where she sold to champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller for $55,000.
The Cup winner is a half-sister to the Pikes’ G2-winning and G1-placed mare Chintz (Savabeel).
|R4 ELLERSLIE||16 March 2017|
|Sistema Stakes 2 , 1200m||PLAY REPLAY|
|Race Synopsis: The pace was torrid early in this G1 1200m for juveniles and the closing 600m for an impressive winner Summer Passage was just 35.32 and the slowest of the first five home.
Summer Passage, an Australian bred colt, sped up wide onto the pace after 200m and then sat outside the leader one-off keeping it company as another runner in Felton Road staggering attacked wide from the 800m.
This trio matched motors until the home turn when Summer Passage took control at the 200m and strode clear at the 150m to win by just under a length in 1:10.48.
The time is noteworthy as it was the only race on the day to break 1:11 with the older horses in a Benchmark 85 running 1:11.19 (two lengths inferior) and a Benchmark 65 running 1:11.32 (three lengths inferior).
Summer Passage has now demonstrated twice he can do work early and in the running then kick the run home.
Today was the second win in three starts for the colt and he will now seriously be considered for G1 events in Australia where the purse and prestige is far greater and more meaningful.
Otherwise he starts at home and tackles the only other G1 juvenile event in a season at Awapuni (left-handed) next month.
Star Treasure ran home stoutly for second from seventh on settling and his last 600m was the second best closing sectional in the field.
Gold Fever ran another honest race for third and the filly has never been out of the money in six starts with three wins and three thirds.
She was one of many crowded badly after 100m when Ujjayyi crossed over and caused carnage with four runners in the field feeling the brunt.
Princess Rihanna, the stablemate of the winner, was hampered in the above incident due to another runner having to be forcibly restrained but was going to be ridden cold anyway.
She was wide in the rear trio across the top and noticed running home attractively late so no surprise that she clocked the fastest last 600m.
Hasahalo was hampered at the start then had to be grabbed hold of with the crowding carnage ahead and got back on settling to be in the rear trio between runners across the top.
She ran home gamely all things considered.
Ujjayyi the troublemaker sped to the lead after an early 300m tussle then was a co-leader the inside from the 800m to the home turn so never really got a breather.
She was still second with 200m and 100m to go before wilting to finish sixth beaten just under four lengths so the effort was not too bad all things factored in.
Irish Flame was okay but then the gap to the rest was another five lengths or more with the maiden Aquamosa crowed after 100m the next runner home.
A total forgive on Felton Road as he reached fifth the outer in a decent spot then inexplicably was sent up to attack for the lead wide at the 800m and across the top to the home turn so it was no wonder he was out on his feet early the run home.
Super Phan was outclassed but also hung out badly and ran off the run home to be beaten over twenty-seven lengths.
The winner if he did not have to be used early would put a bigger space on these he beat today so has nothing more to prove in New Zealand surely.
The crowding melee definitely had a bearing on the result but whether it would have seen the winner change is very doubtful indeed.
Age & Sex
|2. SUMMER PASSAGE (AUS)|
|LANCE O'SULLIVAN & ANDREW SCOTT|
|SNITZEL (AUS) - SUBSEQUENT (AUS)|
|Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd|
|4. STAR TREASURE (NZ)|
MARK DU PLESSIS
|LONHRO (AUS) - LOST IN DUBAI (NZ)|
|E T Goh, T P Y Leung, H L W Man, J L C Ming, E K & K C S Tan & H C Yeow|
|8. GOLD FEVER (NZ)|
|SAVABEEL (AUS) - GOLD ROCKS (AUS)|
|Te Akau Gold Fever Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis)|
|Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone, $110000|
|4th||9. PRINCESS RIHANNA (NZ)|
|LANCE O'SULLIVAN & ANDREW SCOTT|
|5th||7. HASAHALO (NZ)|
|6th||10. UJJAYYI (NZ)|
|7th||3. IRISH FLAME (NZ)|
|8th||11. AQUAMOSA (NZ)|
|9th||1. FELTON ROAD (NZ)|
|10th||5. SUPER PHAN (NZ)|
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