Snowdome gave further proof of his outstanding potential and confirmed he was on target to contest rich Pinnacle carnival events after overcoming an awkward gate to record a brilliant return win this afternoon at Ascot.
Forced to race three wide without cover for the majority of the race after jumping from barrier 10, jockey Brad Parnham brought the classy colt home from third on the turn to win the Crown Perth 3YO Classic (1000m).
Prepared by Parnham’s trainer father Neville, Snowdome defeated pacesetter Just Go, who gave his backers a bold sight out in front until the final 50m, by ¾ of a length. Rumour Says, one of the two runners for Luke Fernie, was a length away third.
Top Of The Pops ran an eye-catching fourth from the second half of the field, just ahead of the luckless hot favourite, All Show, who was bailed up on the inside near the fence and was blocked and then checked in the straight.
Snowdome, starting at $6.80, gave Parnham (Neville) the second leg of a double after stable mate Bustler scored a dominant victory earlier in the day when taking out the Crown Promenade Handicap (1200m) by 2 ½ lengths.
Snowdome, a son of WA Guineas (1600m) champion Rommel, posted his third straight victory and first since leading from barrier to post in last season’s Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.
Parnham (Neville) said Snowdome’s impressive first-up victory would have gone a long way in silencing any doubters.
“He’d been flying at the track and worked much better than Bustler on Tuesday morning,” Parnham said.
“I think he is a lot better horse than a lot of people give him credit for.
“It might have looked like he was dished it up in the Sires’, but he is a very good horse.
“I was pretty happy with where he was, he’s an athlete and doesn’t carry a lot of nick on him.
“I was pretty confident he was good enough to beat them and he’ll improve off that.”
Parnham optimistically holds solid hopes Snowdome can reach the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 19, a race that his father, Rommel, won in 2014.
“I have to think about it, but he would obviously go the Belgravia (1200m) you would think and then onto the Fairetha (1400m),” Parnham said.
“I will make a decision from there, but I’m still confident if he draws a gate and gets in behind them he will run out a 1600m.
“Maybe he will be too brilliant for that, but it’ a good problem to have.”