Peter Snowden expects progressive stayer Emperor's Way (Roman Emperor-Laylia, by Redoute's Choice) to continue on his upward spiral when he runs in the Listed $150,000 Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The lightly raced 4YO is in career-best form having won five of his past six starts, including a maiden stakes win in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) at his most recent outing. "He was winning at a soft time of year but winning well and overcoming difficulties and winning," Snowden told racingnsw.com.au. "He's come back a big stronger and has a pedigree that suggests he will get better as he gets older." Snowden added: "If he keeps getting better he might measure up to something in the spring. At this stage I'm looking at the Wyong Cup, whether we go further time will tell."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & Gr1 Australian Derby winning stallion Roman Emperor (Montjeu-Gussy Godiva, by Last Tycoon) sired his first stakes winner when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Emperor's Way (Roman Emperor-Laylia, by Redoute's Choice) opened his stakes account with his fourth successive win in the $125,000 Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Alward & Singing. The progressive Emperor's Way improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings from 15 starts for $345,597 in earnings. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Emperor's Way would now be sent for a spell to prepare for the spring. "He's done a great job. This whole preparation has been amazing," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He was a Class One horse when he started and he's come right through to open company now and won a Listed race." Snowden added: "If he can improve a touch more next prep he's going to be right up there with the better horses and we'll give him that opportunity in the early part of the spring." Bred by Think Big Stud, Emperor's Way was purchased by Triple Crown Syndications for $55,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is a half-brother to dual Gr3 ATC Birthday Card Stakes winner Shamalia (Shamardal).