I am Snippity on Black Opal path
Canberra based trained Neil Osborne will look to target the Black Opal Stakes with progressive filly I am Snippety following her dominant victory at Wagga last start.
Having bumped into some pretty smart types at her first two career starts the proven speedster took advantage of the class drop when leading throughout to notch up a comfortable maiden victory. "She showed us her potential at her first start and ran into a pretty good horse [Echo Gal] on that occasion but she did beat the rest by one length and three-quarters," Osborne said. "We took her to Melbourne and she was quite unlucky not to place there as well."
Saluting easily by three lengths Osborne said he will now give I am Snippety a short break before targeting the Black Opal preview.
"She'll have two weeks off and then the third week she'll do a couple of laps of the pool, so she'll have a break of about three weeks and that will give me five weeks into the Black Opal preview," Osborne said.
"We'll see how she goes there and then make a decision as to whether we press on to the Black Opal or back off a little bit and go to the Wellington Boot." The daughter of Australia's current leading first season sire, I am Invincible, her victory would prove quite timely for Osborne and Mane Lodge given they went on to sell her full brother for $160,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sales later in the week.
"Before I left to head to the sales I had a $100,000 reserve on him so it was very pleasing to sell him for that price," Osborne said.
"It was a very pleasing sale for us [Mane Lodge] all in all I thought it was a very strong sale across the boards.
"It didn't have the real highs and the real lows that we had been used to the last few years, it was strong right through."
Having trained seven winners at the half-way point for this season, Osborne remains on track for one of his most successful seasons in recent years.
"We look to be on track for a good season, our best in recent years was 16 winners but we usually train around 12 winners," Osborne said.
"We've got some nice horses in the stable this year."