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24/8/2017 Pariah set to return in San Domenico
High-class sprinter Pariah (Redoute’s Choice) will have the first start of his three-year-old campaign in the San Domenico Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The colt is one of two runners in the $150,000 race for Randwick co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, who also saddle the last-start J J Atkins Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) third Taking Aim (Choisir).
Pariah made a winning debut in the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) in January before running second in both the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (Gr 3, 1100m) and the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) itself.
His only subsequent start came when he finished down the field on a Heavy 10 track in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m), but he heads the betting at $2.80 with Ladbrokes for the Group Three race following two encouraging barrier trials at Randwick.He will be ridden by Blake Shinn from the outside barrier ten in the San Domenico Stakes, but despite the awkward barrier Peter Snowden is confident of a big run from the son of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill).
“He is going good, we are really happy with him and he has had a good prep so far,” Snowden said.
“He drew a little awkward on Saturday, but he is going really well, he has trained on really nicely. His two trials have been really good and he has got stronger.
“It was really heavy ground (in the Slipper), but it should be a good track on Saturday which would be his preferred ground so I expect him to run very well.”
Pariah, who was purchased for $700,000 by James Harron at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the Arrowfield Stud draft, is likely to head to the Run To The Rose (Gr 2, 1200m) next up on the 9 September before a tilt at the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) on 23 September.
Snowden added that the Golden Rose would act as a fork in the road for Pariah’s spring campaign, as to whether he is dropped back in trip for the Coolmore Stud Stakes (registered as the Ascot Vale Stakes) (Gr 1,1200m) or stepped up for the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m).
“My heart says yes (he is more of a sprinter), but my head says keep an open mind,” Snowden said.
“Class horses can do a lot of things. He’s a very nice horse to ride at home, he is very relaxed, but to me he just appears too brilliant to get too long a trip.
“I’m hoping he will get seven furlongs, my aim is to get him to the Golden Rose. He will got to the Run To The Rose in a fortnight and head into the Golden Rose third up.
“We will make the call after that, whether we drop back for the Coolmore or push on towards a Guineas.”
Pariah’s Group Three-winning stablemate Taking Aim has drawn barrier seven and will be ridden by premier Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman in Saturday’s Group Three.The colt, who is raced by a partnership of Newgate Farm, Aquis Farm and the China Horse Club, is rated a $16 chance with Ladbrokes and is
reportedly in good shape following his successful Brisbane campaign.
“He is back in trip but that is fine for him first up over the 1100. His preferred trip is probably 1300 to 1400 metres, but we have got to get him started off somewhere and it’s a nice race to kick him off in,” Snowden
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