Considered by many as an outsider in the Group 1 BTC Cup over 1350m at Doomben, Hot Snitzel’s jockey Blake Shinn was brimming with confidence leading into the race, having ridden four previous winners on the card all at stakes level highlighted by the previous race also at Group 1 level.
With race favourite Our Boy Malachi (Top Echelon) aiming to extend his current winning streak to seven, the Team Hawkes-trained runner was having his first start back in his home state since June last year.
As Our Boy Malachi went forward for Tommy Berry, Blake Shinn aboard Hot Snitzel, settled the Triple Crown Syndications purchase just off the pace. Having only his second start for Peter and Paul Snowden, the six-year-old Arrowfield Stud bred gelding had the perfect run in transit after jumping from barrier two.
The race was on in earnest as the field headed for home, and Shinn was in need of a gap. Bursting through a narrow opening, Hot Snitzel hit the lead at the 100m mark to go and recording victory, with Godolphin’s runner Knoydart working home very well to take second, just ahead of Our Boy Malachi who did a great job to hold on for third at his first attempt at WFA.
Purchased from the Inglis 2010 Premier Yearling Sale for $60,000 from the draft of Bellerive Stud, Hot Snitzel’s victory took his earnings soaring past $1.2 million for his large group of owners.
Experiencing one of their best days at the track, Triple Crown Syndications had previously celebrated the Group 3 Darley BTC Sprint victory of Charlie Boy (Myboycharlie).
Also having his second start for Peter and Paul Snowden, the Blake Shinn-ridden four-year-old settled in sixth position after being away well from the gates. Pulled out wide, as they field headed for home, Charlie Boy finished too strongly, chasing down Rock Sturdy (Fastnet Rock) to record a half-length victory.
It was the first win for the four-year-old gelding since his Group 2 Danehill Stakes victory during the Spring down the Flemington straight.
Secured from the draft of Newhaven Park at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $80,000 by Triple Crown Syndications, the victory was the second leg of a stakes double for the Vinery stallion Myboycharlie, having earlier produced the exciting Blueberry Hill to claim the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, taking her record to 3 wins from 4 starts.