Above: Snitz wins the Listed Takeover Target Stakes – image Steve Hart
Victorian bred Masked Crusader might have stolen the show at Randwick on Saturday, but a couple of other former locals – Snitz and Greyworm – weren’t far behind with their performances in the Listed Takeover Stakes.
Snitz held out the fast finishing Greyworm to win the Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) by half a length.
It was Snitz’s fourth successive victory.
The five year-old gelding was bred by Victorian breeder Ken Breese and sold for $75,000 through his agent, Bashinghall Farm at Nagambie at the 2016 Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.
Out of Breese’s multiple Group winning mare Tickle My, the five year-old gelding was later sold at a ready to run sale for around $100,000. He has now won nearly $500,000.
The gelding is trained at Murwillumbah by Matt Dunn who trained five winners from seven races at his home track on Monday. Another of the runners finished second, beaten a long neck.
“I honestly didn’t think he would get to this level ever, let alone this preparation,” Dunn said of Snitz after his win.
“You would take him to a Stradbroke on that performance.
“He probably stays down here (in Sydney) and keeps chugging along. He has settled into this environment well.”
Greyworm, also a Stradbroke hopeful, started his racing career with Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent and had two wins from three starts before joining Team Hawkes in Sydney.
By Victorian sire Master of Design, Greyworm was bought by airline pilot Gary Liu for $110,000 as an unraced prospect at an Inglis online sale in January 2018.
Liu purchased Joe and Daira Vella’s Wingrove Park Stud which he renamed Eden Park Stud where Master of Design, which he recently bought will now stand.
Greyworm is a recent winner of the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick.
Victorian bred Open The Hatch, by Street Boss, made it back-to-back victories at Swan Hill on Monday when she again scored for trainer Mark Pegus over 1600m.
The five year-old mare had won at her previous start, also over 1600m, at Swan Hill a month earlier.