TRAINER Peter Snowden is chasing a record fourth $1 million Golden Rose triumph with Pride Of Dubai — setting up the long-awaited showdown with Vancouver.
Sydney’s two glamour colts dominated juvenile racing this season with Pride Of Dubai claiming in the Blue Diamond Stakes-ATC Sires Produce Stakes Group 1 double while Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten Vancouver was a brilliant Golden Slipper winner.
Both colts didn’t clash as two-year-olds but they are back in work at Royal Randwick and on a collision course for the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens on September 9.
Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, has already won the Golden Rose with Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012), and confirmed Pride Of Dubai is being set for the race, Sydney’s first major of the new season.
“Pride Of Dubai has been back in work for three weeks and getting ready for the spring carnival,’’ Peter Snowden revealed.
“He has had a good spell since he won the Sires and looks in great order.
“He’s just a lovely horse, he has always been a big, strong bloke but he has furnished a bit more.
“What he did last preparation is just the start of what I think he has to offer. Time will tell but at this point all is in good order with him.’’
The Snowden stable is looking for more big-race success at Rosehill this Saturday with talented duo Dothraki and Rose Of Choice entered for the Listed $100,000 Civic Stakes (1350m).
Dothraki, impressive last start winner of the Healy Stakes, has topweight of 59.5kg while Rose Of Choice gets in on the 54kg limit.
Snowden admitted he is undecided on whether Dothraki runs in the Civic Stakes or is saved for the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton next week.
“I’m just trying to determine where Dothraki will be best weighted,’’ Snowden said.
“They are both nice options and he will run either at Rosehill or Grafton.
“Rose Of Choice will run in the Civic Stakes as long as the track is not too wet. If we have a heavy track I won’t run her.’’