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Team Snowden trio ready to Ripper

Thu 13 June 2024

By Mandy Cottell  

Peter and Paul Snowden have stacked the bases with three runners in the Dane Ripper Stakes.

A formula that worked to perfection for Coco Jamboo's Australian debut has been replicated by her trainers in their hunt for another feature race win.

The former English mare made a winning start for Peter and Paul Snowden in the Hawkesbury Crown on May 4, getting the job done off the back of a single barrier trial.

While she has been nominated for a couple of races since then, connections have opted to keep their powder dry, instead waiting for Saturday's Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over 1300 metres at Eagle Farm for her reappearance.

Although it will be just her second Australian start, Coco Jamboo has already endeared herself to her trainers, Peter Snowden adamant her grit and determination can carry her far.

"She is only a small filly and went into that race at Hawkesbury off one trial and she was brilliant, so I'm doing a similar sort of thing here," Peter said.

"While she is only small, she is clean-winded, and she tries her heart out.

"I love horses like her. When they try that hard, I don't care where they run, they're giving their best. Horses that try hard, you can't beat it."

Coco Jamboo will be joined in Saturday's race by barn mates Revolutionary Miss and Ghaanati, both classy mares in their own right.

Ghaanati was a brave fourth in the Hawkesbury Crown then was eased down by jockey Josh Parr in the Dark Jewel Classic at Scone when he was unhappy with her action over the final stages.

She has been given a month to get over that run and is a placegetter at the track.

Peter was pleased with the first-up effort of Revolutionary Miss, who finished midfield from a wide gate in the Helen Coughlan Stakes over 1200 metres, and he expects her to strip fitter as she heads towards her winter carnival goal.

"She wasn't beaten far from a bad gate. She was first-up and she normally takes one or two runs," Peter said.

"Her third run is usually her best run and the Tatt's Tiara will be her third run."

The final Group 1 race of the 2023-24 season, the Tatt's Tiara over 1400 metres, is at Eagle Farm a fortnight from Saturday.

Meanwhile, jockey Tyler Schiller is preparing himself for two very different Stradbroke Handicap rides.

Schiller has found himself in an unusual position just days out from the Stradbroke Handicap as he works double time to prepare for Queensland's premier race.

The Sydney jockey has been booked to ride two horses, Prince Of Boom, who is safely in the field, and first emergency Freedom Rally.

If the latter gains a start, Schiller will be aboard the Tony Gollan-trained gelding, but if he doesn't, he will partner Prince Of Boom for Robert Heathcote.

Given that he may not know the final make-up of the Stradbroke Handicap over 1400 metres field until final scratchings on Saturday morning, Schiller is fully preparing himself for both scenarios.

That includes getting down to 51.5kg in the event Freedom Rally sneaks into the line-up in a situation the talented young hoop admits he hasn't experienced before.

"I definitely haven't," Schiller said.

"Rob Heathcote asked my manager a couple of weeks ago if I could ride him (Prince Of Boom) and I already had Freedom Rally floating around, but he is first emergency.

"I've got the option of both, but if Freedom Rally gets a run, I'll be on him.

"They're both in good form but they're two different horses. Prince Of Boom is a high-roller and Freedom Rally gets back.

"I think the drop in the weight will help Freedom Rally and he's a really good chance if he gets a run."

Freedom Rally is $13 in pre-post markets having finished a luckless second in the BRC Sprint two starts ago when he was slow to jump and rattled home to just miss, before his game fourth behind I Wish I Win in the Kingsford Smith Cup.

Prince Of Boom, specked from $51 into $41, is coming off a third in the BRC Sprint, but is yet to win beyond 1200 metres.