Danie Toerien: Justin Snaith is definitely the trainer to follow at Kenilworth on Saturday’s second day of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival.
The National Champion Trainer has made this race day his own, as attested by his phenomenal record.
Not only has Snaith saddled two of last three winners of the main race, the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m, but at last year’s event he took the honours in no less than four of the ten races contested on the Saturday.
Apart from his four winners, he also saddled 10 other top-four finishers.
This year, at the 161st renewal of this prestigious event, the trainer aims to emulate – or even improve on – his record.
Snaith holds a strong hand in all the races, saddling multiple contestants in almost every race. This is a strategy which seems to be working like a charm.
According to the trainer it does give him a competitive advantage over his rivals.
“I can’t talk for the other trainers, but I’m sure the one trainer they don’t want to see with four or five runners in a race is me,” he joked when asked about this strategy.
Despite saddling four of the Queen’s Plate hopefuls this year – the same number as last year – Snaith believes his two runners with the best chance of tasting success on the day is Bon Boyage and Captain’s Ransom.
In fact, the trainer suggests that taking a double on these two runners could be the best bet of the day.
Bon Boyage contests Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 1400m, while Captain’s Ransom will be in action in Race 6, the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m.
“Obviously Captain’s Ransom is in very good form at the moment and will be the filly to beat,” said Snaith. She does boast a record of eight wins from 10 runs, including two Grade 1 victories.
“It’s going to be a very exciting day. We are in for a day of top racing with top horses. It’s proper racing,” said Snaith.