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
|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|