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Capitalist Not Lame: Snowden

Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Co-trainer Paul Snowden has contradicted a Racing NSW stewards report that stated top juvenile Capitalist (Written Tycoon-Kitalpha, by Fusaichi Pegasus) had pulled up slightly lame following his shock defeat in Saturday's Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The report read that the previously undefeated colt was "mildly sore in front, more particularly its off foreleg" after going down as a $1.22 favourite to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Kiss And Make Up. "He's fine. The report from the vets was that he was mildly lame straight after the race. Certainly we haven't seen that...we went over him head to toe yesterday morning and he's definitely not lame," Snowden told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "Dad [Peter Snowden] has spoken to Mr Murrihy [Racing NSW chief steward] and told him what we found with the horse, but there is definitely no issue with the horse." According to Snowden, Capitalist's defeat - his first in four career outings - has not affected plans to run the talented colt in Saturday week's Gr1 Golden Slipper. "Absolutely...there has been no second guessing regarding what we are doing with the horse," Snowden said. "For the first 500 metres of the race on Saturday he pulled his head off. He was found wanting in the final furlong but that was due to him over-racing early." He added: "He is going to improve a hell of a lot off this race. I know what this horse can do. I think he still has a great chance in the Slipper but the barrier draw will be vital to his chances." The $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) will be run at Rosehill Gardens on 19 March. Capitalist's surprise defeat has seen his price drift out to $11 for the Golden Slipper.


Capitalist (image: Steve Hart)
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