Inglis Sires’ Tips - Snowden gunning for another Sires’ Produce Stakes win

  • Snowden likes to win every second year.
  • Times point to Invader.
  • Confidence rating: 90%

Trainer Peter Snowden has enjoyed plenty of success in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and can add to his impressive tally at Randwick on Saturday.

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Snowden first claimed victory in the $1 million feature with Helmet in 2011, before his 100/1 chance Limes finished 3rd behind Pierro the following year.

In 2013, Snowden scored with Guelph, but in 2014, his only hope, Kumaon had no luck when being caught three wide without cover and was in last place on the turn before picking off a few in the straight to finish 6th.

Having parted ways with Darley, Snowden and his son Paul joined forces and produced a marvellous training performance which saw Pride Of Dubai defeat Odyssey Moon by nearly a length.

Detective (8th) and Attention (11th) failed to make an impact last year, but in 2017, the team at Snowden Racing are poised to strike back with Invader who is the stable’s only runner following the sale and subsequent withdrawal of Gunnison.

Initially, I rated Gunnison as the stable’s best chance, but doubts crept in when Peter Snowden, who is as honest as they come, rated Invader the best hope. 

Invader was narrowly edged out by Gunnison in the Todman Stakes (1200m), and we can take a strong form line through that race.

Firstly, Frolic defeated She Will Reign in the Reisling Stakes (1200m) in a time of 1:13.55 with the last 600m in 0:37.98.

That pair went on to Quinella the Golden Slipper with She Will Reign proving superior on that occasion, so the form has been franked.

In the race following the Reisling Stakes at Randwick on March 3, the Todman Stakes, Gunnison defeated Invader in a time of 1:13.49 with the last 600m in 0:37.78.

Invader did what was asked of his in a recent jumpout, and with Hugh Bowman guiding him from barrier 4, I think he can outgun Frolic and Tulip as well as the other talented two-year-olds.




2019 Inglis Sires'

DateSaturday, April 6, 2019
TrackRoyal Randwick
Distance1400m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights
Prizemoney$1 million
Age2YOs




Sires’ Produce Stakes Facts:

The Inglis Sires’ (1400m) takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse annually on Day 1 of The Championships.

Some of the best juveniles compete in the Sires' Produce Stakes, a set-weights race held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Headlining the program is the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) whilst the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) round out the remaining Group 1 features on the card. 

Glencoe won the inaugural Sires’ Produce Stakes in 1867 when the race was run over one mile (1600m).

Although the race was originally run over one mile and is currently run over 1400m, from 1905 to 1908 the Sires’ Produce was a six furlong race (1200m).

The race now forms part of the two-year-old Triple Crown which includes the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes (1600m).

With $1 million in prizemoney the Sires’ Produce Stakes is a natural progression for Golden Slipper runners that can stretch out to beyond a sprinting distance.

The Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse two weeks earlier is the most reliable guide to the Sires’ Produce Stakes, with 18 of the last 26 winners coming through the Golden Slipper.

Some of Australia’s most talented horses have won the premier set-weights event with the most recent being Yankee Rose (2016) who ran second in the Golden Slipper. 

The late TJ Smith and daughter Gai Waterhouse share the record for most training wins in the Sires’ Produce Stakes with seven apiece. 

Winners of the Sires’ Produce Stakes have generally gone on to compete in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes held at Royal Randwick two weeks later.

In fact, the past 10 winners have all come through the Sires’ Produce on their way to Champagne success – four of them were victorious in the Sires’ before their Champagne victory.

Notable winners of the Sires’ Produce Stakes include Robinson Crusoe (1876), Chester (1877), Ajax (1937), Shannon (1944), Tulloch (1957), Wenona Girl (1960), Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Octagonal (1995), Sebring (2008) and Pierro (2012).



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