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Viva Racing Newsletter March

Subterranean and Snitz on target for winter campaigns

Horse Racing Doomben

Emerging stable star Subterranean and current champ Snitz are both on target for Winter Carnival campaigns after positive trials in Sydney recently.

Subterranean has been ultra-impressive in his three career starts to date which included a dominate win at Doomben, followed by an impressive placing in the Group 3 B.J McLachan Stakes where he finished in front of subsequent Magic Millions winner Shaquero.

Subterranean trialed impressively at Warwick Farm on 23 March (see below) and is on target for a Brisbane Winter Carnival Campaign where he will be aimed at the million dollar races including the BRC Sires Produce (29 May) over 1400 meters and JJ Atkins (12 June) over 1600 meters.

The son of Rebel Dane is out of a Bernardini mare called Caves who won 4 races over 1800 meters. Based on his breeding you would suggest Subterranean will relish the step up to 1400 and 1600 meters over the carnival.

Snitz ready to return to top

Snitz also looks to have returned in good order for the start of his next preparation with a solid recent barrier trial at Warwick Farm (replay below)

He will likely trial again at Randwick on 9 April.

Plan is to kick him off in Sydney in late April and then potentially target races over the Brisbane Winter Carnival if he performs well first up.

Snitz jarred up in Sydney last prep on the firm tracks and with some give in the ground heading into the Winter we should get track conditions to suit. The aim is to see Snitz of return to his form from the previous preparation where he won the Takeover Target Stakes and finished just behind sprinting superstar Classique Ledged in the Bob Charley Stakes

Holstein set to debut at Warwick Farm tomorrow

Snitzel Gelding Holstein has been impressive in his two barrier trials (replay’s below) to date and looks set to debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

There is much anticipation in his debut with his half-brother Rocket Spade chalking up dual Group 2 wins in NZ, followed by a solid win in the Group 1 NZ Derby. Rocket Spade is enroute to Australian and is the current equal favorite for the Group 1 Australian Derby at Randwick on 10 April.

Holstein also looks like a gelding who will improve over a little ground, Wednesday's race will be a great place to kick start his career where he will improve significantly on whatever he produces first up. The outside barrier (11) over 1200 meters is not ideal and he will need a good ride from Josh Parr and a little luck to feature.

Open Day a huge success

Our recent Open Day at Murwillumbah in partnership with Matthew Dunn Racing was a great success with a good crowd in attendance. It was wonderful to welcome owners and guests back to the stable after an extended break with COVID restrictions.

Positive feedback was received on our current crop of yearlings, whilst many owners enjoyed seeing their horses in the flesh. A tour of Matt Dunn’s training facilities didn’t disappoint with many comments received on the continued infrastructure improvements in recent years.

A few shares are still left in some of our yearlings and tried horses, owners can view by visiting


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