Snowden and Darley to part ways

Sheikh Mohammed is on the lookout for a new trainer to head up his Darley operation in Australia following Peter Snowden’s shock decision to relinquish the position.

The man who has been Darley’s head trainer since setting up a full-time Australian operation in May 2008 will leave at the end of next year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival to enter a training partnership with son Paul, who has been the stable’s Melbourne foreman.

Darley announced the development in a media release today and Snowden said that while he had enjoyed some great times with Darley, the time was right to enter the next phase of his career.

“It has been a rewarding six years and I am proud of all that we have achieved,” he said in the statement.

“It is the right time to move on with my son Paul and take on a new challenge. It is something we have always wanted to do.

“With an operation like this it is only fair that there is plenty of time for a transition. Sheikh Mohammed has provided me with an amazing opportunity and I will be forever grateful.

“When the time comes we will deal with the farewells but for now my focus is on producing results for Darley.”

Snowden has prepared 28 Group 1 winners under the Darley regime, including all five Group 1 races run for two-year-olds in 2011. Sepoy won the Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper double, Helmet won the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes and Benfica the J.J. Atkins Stakes.

Two of Snowden’s Group 1 wins came during the Spring Racing Carnival with Long John winning the BECK Caulfield Guineas and Guelph the Schweppes Thousand Guineas.

Darley’s managing director in Australia, Henry Plumptre, paid tribute to what Snowden achieved and said he would have a lasting legacy at the establishment.

“Sheikh Mohammed is very grateful to Peter for his efforts since joining Darley,” Plumptre said.

“Peter’s record speaks for itself and we have been very fortunate to have him as our head Trainer. His legacy will continue as we benefit from the offspring of champion colts Sepoy, Helmet and Denman.”

Story by Brad Bishop