Stakes-Winner Sold by Three Bridges
The Darren Weir-trained Snitzepeg scored a surprise win in the Listed VRC Antler Luggage Stakes over 1400 metres at Flemington on Saturday.
Sitting just off the pace set by Plutocracy and Sircconi, Snitzepeg was peeled three wide by Dean Yendall to mount his challenge.
Hitting the front at the 250 metres, the son of Snitzel held the challenge of the luckless Bravo Tango by three-quarters of a length with Sircconi the same distance back in third.
Bravo Tango's jockey, Ben Melham fired in a protest against the winner for interference, which was dismissed by stewards.
A $260,000 purchase by John Foote Bloodstock from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Snitzepeg has the overall record of two wins and two seconds from nine starts with earnings of $132,350.
"He travelled up really nicely, came off the back of Peter Morgan's horse (Sircconi), was going quite kindly for me throughout and when I gave him a bit of daylight and I asked him to go he quickened up really good from the 200 and was solid to the line," Yendall said.
Darren Weir said he was unsure whether the winner was up to the class.
"I've got to be honest, I was umming and ahhing whether to run, Weir admitted.
"I didn't think he was good enough but he was given the perfect ride and he had come on for sure from the other day.
"It's great for Peter Law who has spent a lot of money on yearlings, he's got a few that were good enough to be sent to Hong Kong and to get a Flemington winner with a horse that is probably not going to go is a terrific result."
A half-brother to Group III ATC Ming Dynasty Stakes winner Metallic Crown, Snitzepeg is the fifth winner from six foals out of the winning Fuasichi Pegasus mare Pegasus Queen, who hails from the family of former Kiwi superstar McGinty.