QUALITY filly Snitzerland may miss all Melbourne's feature sprints with The Galaxy shaping as a likely target.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said Snitzerland, a winner of the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington last spring, would not be ready for the Black Caviar or Oakleigh Plate given she just returned to his Rosehill stables last Saturday morning.
Ryan said Snitzerland was given longer in the paddock after her Melbourne spring, which saw her finish fifth in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and then sixth in the Patinack Farm Classic.
“We really haven’t picked out anything, but at this stage I’m leaning towards the Challenge Stakes and then the Galaxy,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s impressive debut winner Charlie Boy, who will do all his racing this autumn in Sydney, returned to the stables last Friday.
Charlie Boy, a winner at Rosehill on November 17, would not head to Melbourne for the Blue Diamond and is unlikely to race until March.
Ryan described Charlie Boy as a “nice horse”, but added he’s got to return in the autumn to reinforce that view.
“He’s hard to get a line on as far as working with other horses because he’s always a keen going horse and done most of his work on his own.
“With Snitzerland before she ever raced she had a jump out with Ahdashim and Mrs Onassis and that’s where I got a line that she was a bit above average.
“With Charlie Boy I haven’t had that opportunity to do that and that’s why I was so rapt with his run – he really settled and raced in behind the speed.”