Free Wheeling Targets Maiden Win In 2011 Champagne Classic

May 20th, 2011

Peter Snowden is hoping that his two-year-old colt Free Wheeling will break his maiden when he runs in the Group 2 Champagne Classic tomorrow May 21, 2011.

Free Wheeling has had three starts for two placings, a statistic Snowden is hoping to change at Doomben this weekend.

The young colt has been left out of the limelight following the successes of Snowden’s talented filly Benefica, who is already favourite for the TJ Smith and the Sires’ Produce Stakes later in the carnival.

“I really like him (Free Wheeling),” Snowden said.

“He’s a nice horse but different to Benfica.

“One gets back and the other races on the speed.

“Both Benfica and Free Wheeling are two nice horses and both are going on to the Sires’ and T J Smith.”

Snowden was happy with Free Wheeling’s last start second in the $70,000 Bacardi Handicap at Canterbury.

“We wanted to ride him back in the small field and he relaxed really well,” he said.

“It might have been a small field of four but there (were) some good horses against him.”

The trainer is hopeful that Free Wheeling will perform well in tomorrow’s 2011 Champagne Classic.

“Free Wheeling has got an awkward barrier and will need some luck from 12 but he’ll be competitive,” Snowden said.

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2011 Champagne Classic Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 14X2031 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 9 56kg
2 121 SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 7 56kg
3 11X358X32 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Shane Scriven 10 56kg
4 1X41 DR ICHI Bevan Laming Larry Cassidy 1 56kg
5 31240X INTERNAL REVENUE Gillian Heinrich Chris Munce 3 56kg
6 43X2 FREE WHEELING Peter Snowden Hugh Bowman 12 56kg
7 33X48 FREEROCKER John Wallace M Rodd (late alt) 8 56kg
8 45X5 ST DARCI (NZ) Brian Smith James McDonald (a) 2 56kg
9 5 MCNEICE Kelly Purdy Paul Hammersley 13 56kg
10 2110X MILITARY GRACE Gillian Heinrich Daniel Griffin 4 54kg
11 138X0 FLYING JET Steven O’dea Luke Nolen 5 54kg
12 2X23 BELLE D’AMOUR Barry Baldwin Brad Stewart 11 54kg
13 56L3915X04 MERRYANNA Maryann Thexton Jim Byrne 6 54kg