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Snowden Predicting Big Things From Dubai
Trainer Peter Snowden has provided an update on top-class colt Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry-Al Anood, by Danehill) who is back in work preparing for some of the 3YO features in the spring. A homebred for Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Pride Of Dubai stamped himself as arguably the best racehorse in Australia winning two Gr1s (the Blue Diamond Stakes and Champagne Stakes) in his first prep in the autumn. Speaking to RSNs Shane Anderson yesterday, Snowden said the exceptional son of Street Cry had provided the high point of his 2014/15 season and discussed plans for the valuable youngster in the spring. "All the Group Ones have been great, but I think Pride Of Dubai was quite special," said Snowden. "To get Sheikh Bin Khalifa's first Group One win in Australia...he's a big supporter of Australian racing, he has a lot of horses here, so to get that first one up was a big thrill for everyone." Snowden said Pride Of Dubai possessed all the attributes of an elite racehorse. "What he has done already proves how good he is. He's had four starts and won two Group Ones, so he's a pretty outstanding colt," he said. "I just think he's one of those horses, he has the temperament and the make-up, and the pedigree to suggest he could go all the way. He's got this amazing attitude, he's so laidback." Pride Of Dubai has been back at Snowden's stable doing light exercise for three weeks, as he begins his build-up towards an ambitious spring campaign aimed at Gr1 races such as the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas. "I got him straight from the paddock, I didn't give him any pre-training. I brought him straight here...this is the start of his third week [back] so he's still just trotting and cantering but he looks in great order; he's 100 per cent," explained Snowden. "At this stage nothing has been locked in...but the Golden Rose, Stan Fox and Caulfield Guineas are the three races I'm looking at. The Golden Rose will probably be second-up or third-up depending on how he comes up this prep." He added: "He was a real athlete as a two-year-old; there's plenty of him. He had good scope to improve and I think he has taken nice improvement."