2011 BRC Sires Produce Early Preview

May 31st, 2011

The 2011 BRC Sires Produce Stakes will be run at Eagle Farm racecourse on Saturday 4th June.

At present there are 21 horses nominated for the 1400m race which has a capacity field of 18, with the most likely to miss out being Gerald Ryan pair Extraceed and Liuzzi as well as the Michael Moroney trained Flashy Fella.

Peter Snowden, who has all but owned two year old racing this year has a strong hand in the BRC Sires Produce with Benfica and Free Wheeling considered among the top chances.

Benfica, a two year old colt by Lonhro, has raced three times for two wins, which included the Hampton Stakes over 1200m at Doomben on May 14.

Free Wheeling on the other hand broke his maiden status after four starts with a win in the Champagne Classic over 1200m at Doomben on May 21.

“Both Benfica and Free Wheeling are nice horses and both will be going on from the Sires to the TJ,” said Snowden.

“He (Free Wheeling) had a tendency to over-race early in his preparation, but he’s starting to relax now. I’m sure when he gets to 1400m he will be even better and even a mile after that,” commented Snowden.

Another given a winning hope in the 2011 BRC Sires Produce is the Gerald Ryan trained Hot Snitzel.

Hot Snitzel showed promise earlier in the two-year old season, running placings in the Skyline and Kindergarten Stakes before demolishing the field in the Ken Russel Memorial at the Gold Coast on May 7.

That run of form saw him start as favourite for the Champagne Classic, where he ran third behind Free Wheeling.

“Obviously the Darley horses are the ones to beat,” said Ryan

“But Hot Snitzel is well. I was up there at the weekend and was pleased with how he looked,”continued Ryan.

The BRC Sires Produce Stakes is the last lead in race before the last two year old Group 1 of the year, the TJ Smith Stakes.

Peter Snowden has captured the other four two year old Group 1 races this season. He won the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper with Sepoy, before Helmet took the AJC Inglis Sires Produce and Champaign Stakes.

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