Snowden searches for generation next as stars head north

Big raps … Peter Robl sticks with Darley colt Sessions at Rosehill on Saturday.PETER SNOWDEN will “keep an eye” on Patinack Classic winner Mental and his Godolphin-bound mates for the next month at Agnes Banks, while looking for their replacements.

Darley’s Australian head might not have to look too far, as the highly touted Sessions is out to continue his unbeaten run at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sessions scored as a two-year-old before injury sidelined him for six months. There were hopes that the colt would be ready to run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby day, such is the opinion held of him, instead he won at Rosehill on that day.

“He is still very raw and you could see that from what he did last start,” Snowden said. “He is very lightly raced but has a ton of ability, but I want to see what he does on Saturday.

“There is the option of bringing him through at this time of year or we could put him away for the early part of the autumn.”

Darley has had a good spring, capped by Mental winning his final start in Australia in the Patinack Classic. He goes into quarantine at Darley’s Osborne Park property along with Free Wheeling, Ambidexter and Detours on Friday.

“They are on a special area of the property and there are very strict procedures to go in and out of there,” Snowden said. “I can watch them work from a distance and for the next month we continue to keep them ticking over.”

Ambidexter might be on the plane to Dubai but the next member of the family will make his debut in the Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Sidestep, an Exceed And Excel colt, will become the fourth son of Dextrous to race, 10 years to the day since she won a Sandown Guineas.

“She has been a great producer,” Snowden said. “Skilled won the Champagne Stakes, Ambidexter is a very handy horse and we never got to see the best of Impartial because he had his issues.

“[Sidestep] did enough in his trial to go to the races and I expect him to be very competitive.”

Darley’s Sandown Guineas runners Tatra and Proverb meet Lunar Rise better at the weights after running the placings behind him in the Carbine Club Stakes on Derby day. “We gave Tatra a bit of freshen-up in Sydney before that and it seems to have worked,” Snowden said.

“He was very strong in that and he has come on since, Proverb finished off the [Carbine Club] very well and if they go hard, it is a race he could win.”

Snowden is hoping Meidung improves over the extra distance of the Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) earlier at Sandown. “There looks to be plenty of speed in the race and at seven [furlongs] she should be able to get into her right pattern.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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