Peter Snowden believes he’s found the perfect race for his progressive filly My Demetra, who is shooting for her third successive win at Saturday’s Wyong Christmas In July race meeting.
The Camelot filly was pencilled in for her first city start in a BM 74 at Rosehill June 29, but the stable decided to scratch her due to the heavy conditions.
She now lines up in Saturday’s 1350m Class 2, with Mitchell Bell in the saddle.
Snowden believes Wyong will be ideal track for the three-year-old, who has put together back to back wins at Kembla over 1300m and 1400m.
“We felt she had warranted a start in city class but didn’t want her to go through the heavy going,” he said. “It will be a month between runs, but she has been working well on the track and the race looks ideal.”
My Demetra is raced by Jim Koureas, who also raced multiple Group 1 winner Defier.
The filly is having her sixth start, having placed second on debut at Kembla in January and resuming in June with the two Kembla victories.
She caught the eye with her last performance, drawing away to win by three and a half lengths.
“This looks like a nice race for her, but if it’s heavy or we get rain she won’t run. She races up on the speed so shouldn’t have any problems with Wyong.
“She’s going along well, and I think she’s a good winning chance.”
Snowden is also keen on the chances of his filly Oribella in the 1350m 2YO Maiden.
By Olympic Glory, Oribella is raced by Triple Crown Syndications who purchased her at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales for $85,000.
She had her first start at Scone over 1300m on June 24, finishing third.
“She’s coming off a good run at Scone,” Snowden said.
“It was an unlucky third actually, she should have finished a bit closer so she should fit in well.
“Wyong might not be the best track for her, she gets back a bit, but she got home really well at Scone and she will take good benefit from that run. “Her work has been good. I’d say a lot better since before she ran up there, so I think we should see her run better on Saturday.”
Oribella will be ridden by Travis Wolfgram.
The first of eight races gets underway at 11.49am.
Race 1 – 11.49am: ROLLATORS AUSTRALIA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 OAKFIELD TARGET, 2 Shivkhani, 3 Royal Opera, 4 Stella Ardens.
Race 2 – 12.24pm: CLEAN N CARE MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 CLASSIC GAMING, 2 Lucitor, 3 Castel Sant’angelo, 4 Arlington Magic.
Race 3 – 12.59pm: CITRUS CLEAN 2YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 CAPTAIN STARDUST, 2 Oribella, Prince of Arragon, 4 Whispered.
Race 4 – 1.34pm: M&K EKLUND TRANSPORT MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 PARVEEN, 2 Tereka, 3 Rubikat, 4 Royal Patriot.
Race 5 – 2.14pm: THE DREW CHIVAS MEMORIAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 FAST TRAIN, 2 Deliya, 3 Moana Jewel, 4 Joigny.
Race 6 – 2.54pm: SUZY MCLELLAND CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 MY DEMETRA, 2 Only Wanna Sing, 3 He’s Imposing, 4 Pride Of Darci.
Race 7 – 3.34pm: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 REVEAL THE MAGIC, 2 Perigord, 3 Belvio, 4 Solera.
Race 8 – 4.14pm: KAIT & BULL BIRTHDAY BASH CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 GREAT DANGER, 2 Renalot, 3 Oxford Tycoon, Oxford Angel.