|The Gai Waterhouse trained colt Snowland is set to start a warm
favourite in Saturday's $1 million 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast after drawing an ideal
barrier at today's draw at Conrad Jupiters.
winner of three of his four starts, Snowland's price is set to shorten after drawing
barrier 4 for Saturday.
The ideal barrier gives the combination of trainer Gai
Waterhouse and jockey Chris Munce an undeniable chance of taking back to back Classics
after scoring last year with Excellerator.
Snowland had his final lead up run when he thrashed a field
of mainly unraced gallopers at Randwick on New Year's Day. On that occasion the gelding
trailled the early runaway leader Brandy Storm before switching to the outside of the
track for a slashing win.
At his most recent start in the 870 metre race at Randwick
the Snippets colt carrier 61 kilograms to victory. He will drop five and a half kilograms
to the set weights scale on the weekend.
It was a happy time for Gai Waterhouse at today's barrier
draw. Her other three runners all fared well. The John Singleton owned Sunday Joy, a last
start winner of the listed Tommy Smith Slipper in Brisbane, will jump from barrier seven.
Stablemates Obsession (Jim Cassidy) and Chuckle (Brian York) fared only slightly worse
with gates nine and eleven respectively.
Two of the three Melbourne visitors didn't have the best of
luck with the barriers. The Dean Lawson trained Cool Trent (14) and the Tony Vasil trained
Toast of the Coast (16) will have a hard task after their draws.
It was a better result for the Colin Little trained Blur, an
impressive last start winner in Sydney, who will jump from eight.
Of the other runners the better draws were for Lovely Jubly
(six), Sun Kisses (five) and Felicitate (two).