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Blueblooded 2YO on Debut in Maribyrnong Plate
Meanwhile, one of the fancies for Thursday’s Gr3 Darley Maribyrnong Plate (1000m), Hard Landing, is a son of Gr1-winning mare Snitzerland (Snitzel-Monte Rosa, by Fraar). Trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, whose charge Aryaaf scored a strong win in Tuesday’s Gr3 Darley Ottowa Stakes, the All Too Hard colt is, likewise, making his debut over the same course and distance without a public trial. Hard Landing’s celebrated dam Snitzerland won the Gr1 Lightning Stakes over this exact straight five furlong trip, so there is familial precedent at play. In addition to a number of other prominent stakes wins, she also finished runner-up in both the Gr1 Golden Slipper and the Gr1 Galaxy. Hard Landing is a Vinery graduate of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where he sold for $280,000. Marginal favourite in a wide open race is Tagaloa, by Japanese Horse of the Year and promising young sire Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha-Lady Blossom, by Storm Cat).