“It is a wonderful thing, that race experience. She could take a sit there today and she was able to show her sprint,” Peter Snowden said. “The good thing from that is that she is in the Golden Slipper and she might only have to have the one run into it. She got a lot of talent, but the third horse was fantastic. He is a good colt and to do that under that sort of pressure in his first start in a race was very good.”
Snowden would have loved a one-two for owner Sir Owen Glenn but had to settle for third with Blaze A Trail, which will no doubt be a player in 2020.
Dame Giselle had arrived with a rap from Glenn’s farm and it didn’t take long for her to become a stable favourite.
“We’ve always liked her from day one. From the very first time she showed something and always had that good demeanour which I love about a two-year-old,” Snowden said.
“She was athletic and a great mover. The staff picked her out and the riders picked her out, she gave us a good feel early and I thought she was stiff not to win first-up, so it’s good to get this result.”
Adkins drove Dame Giselle away to reverse the result from the Kirkham Plate a fortnight ago with See You Soon, which was weaving through traffic from back in the field, copping a check at the 300m and having to change direction but still coming strongly.
Jean Dubois will spell See You Soon and probably take the same approach to the Golden Slipper as the winner, given that his filly has $248,000 in the bank and should be safely in the field as well.
“She did well, very well. It was the same two as last time, Dame Giselle and her, but she had a good draw and we had a bad one,” Dubois lamented. “We couldn’t have expected any better. The good thing was she relaxed so well.
“She is going for a spell for sure now, for a month, and she needs it. She was very light today. She’ll be back for probably one run before the Slipper, being so small.”
Adkins came to Rosehill confident of his chances and got the reward for some long hours in the morning for the Snowdens.
“She felt fantastic. What a great little filly she is,” he said. “She put the writing on the wall last start, narrowly getting beaten, and she put up a great effort doing that.
‘‘I couldn’t believe the price she went up. The last 10 months have been pretty torturous. The fall set me back a long way . . . hopefully I can book myself for the Slipper.”