Dec 27, 2016

After winning her maiden and then running second at Caulfield as a 3yo filly, VIOLENT SNOW looked destined for big things. But as so often happens in racing, injury intervened and the daughter of little known stallion Volitant was sent to the paddock for an indefinite spell. 

We had a number of vets and chiropractors look over her and everyone agreed that she wasn't quite right behind however the specifics of the injury remained a quandary. Some through that she had badly damaged her hamstring whilst others thought she had a hairline fracture in her backend. The truth may have lay somewhere in between.

Rather than sending her to the vet clinic for an expensive bone scan, she was given 10 months in the paddock to recuperate. You can never underestimate the power of mother nature and the extended time out may well have extended and furthered her career. 

She has returned this preparation bigger and better than ever. Now a 5yo mare, VIOLENT SNOW is fulfilling the potential she showed early in her career which was highlihted by her gritty win at CAULFIELD yesterday. 

Sent out a 9-1 chance, she was given a peach of a ride by young gun REGAN BAYLISS.

"She has drawn some terrible barriers so it was finally good to draw an inside gate. It makes all the difference. Regan was able to get a lovely run behind the leader and peel out on the corner. It was textbook.

I have always rated Ben Melham as one of the most gifted riders going around. He has his critics and he is not everyones cup of tea but his balance and technique on a horse is second to none. I saw a lot of Ben in Regan yesterday. The way he pushed Violent Snow over the line was very "Melhamesque".

I had plenty of success with Melham going back a few years ago now. Everyone wonders why I still use him. The answer is simple. He has ridden more winners for me than anyone else. Ben is a carnival jockey these days and he is hard to get. We have tried a number of different riders over the last couple but we haven't really found the right rider.

I am trying to strike up a good rapport with Jye McNeil who I rate highly. He is a lovely kid, a hard worker and someone that we can grow with. I think Regan is another one that we will use more often. He has heavily linked with David Hayes but we will use him where possible".

Back to Violent Snow. We'll let the dust settle over the next week but I wouldn't mind sending her to Tassie for the Vamos Stakes which is a Group 3 race for mares on 19 February. It has been many years since we last ventured to Tassie but we might send Thunder Teddington and Violent Snow down this year. 

Big congrats to Violent Snow's owners. Ross and Jacinta Bradshaw, Rod and Alison Bradshaw and Will McTaggart. A great bunch of owners who have been loyal supports of mine over the years.