Trainer Peter Snowden is thrilled with the condition of last-start winner Detective leading into Friday night’s 2016 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Detective finished second four times through five starts as a two-year-old through the recent autumn and winter carnivals, but has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time and is undefeated in two appearances as a three-year-old.
Having broken through for a maiden black type victory in the Listed Express Room Stakes (1400m) last time out on September 10th, Snowden told AAP that the Snitzel colt has worked well in the lead-up to the 2016 Bill Stutt Stakes and he is confident that the horse will perform to a typically-high standard.
“He’s going really well. He’s trained on nicely and keeps getting better this preparation,” Snowden said.
“It was good to be here and I was happy enough with his work.
“I never thought he was quite up to that grade but he’s proven me wrong twice this preparation. I won’t mind if I’m wrong again on Friday night.
“Just the way he’s going, he’s just getting more and more relaxed to the point where you think he’s lazy.
“But if you put him with a mate and give him a squeeze, he just finds plenty. He’s got a good racing pattern, you can get up on speed and he switches off once he gets there.
“And then when horses come at him he keeps finding. That’s a great recipe if he can keep it up.”
Debuting to racing for second in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on October 3rd last year, Detective returned to racing this year for second in the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) before continuing the trend in each of the TAB Maiden Plate (1200m) and Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Returning to the paddock after finishing eighth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Detective resumed this time for success in the Davcron Maiden Plate (1350m) in his only other start prior to his win in the Express Room Stakes.
Detective is currently available at 2016 Bill Stutt Stakes odds of $7 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.