Aim books a Magic Millions berth
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Aim has rocketed to the top of Magic Millions Classic markets after demolishing a smart field of two-year-olds at Randwick.
Starting $6.50, the colt stalked the speed for Tommy Berry and quickly gathered in the leaders, spearing clear to win Saturday’s TAB Venue Mode Handicap (1200m) by four lengths over stablemate Stellar Pauline ($5.50).
Hinchbeast ($4.40 fav) led and held on for third another three lengths away.
Aim backed up an impressive debut win at Rosehill and while Berry missed that victory through suspension, he reunited with him on Saturday and declared the colt an untapped talent.
“Pete (Snowden) said it was very important not to chase that speed, just get him in his comfort zone even if he’s spotting them a start,” Berry said.
“He said at the half mile he will drag you into the race and he sure did.
“He got there way too easy and he’s got plenty more in store so bring on the Magic Millions.”
Bookmakers reacted to Aim’s win with the horse firming to $6 equal favouritism for the Magic Millions with TAB fixed odds.
He shares top billing with the Chris Waller-trained Blondeau, who he defeated on debut, but Berry has no doubt Aim is the horse to beat in the rich summer feature.
“Definitely. He’s doing everything effortlessly at the moment, he handles every condition and he can race off the speed,” Berry said
“There’s always plenty of genuine speed in the Magic Millions and it takes a nice horse to come off the speed and beat them but I think he’s the one to do it.”
Peter Snowden admitted to a couple of anxious moments in the run when Aim was sweating on a gap presenting itself in the straight.
But his concern was momentary with Aim quickly putting the race in the bag and he says the son of Star Witness has the right temperament for success as a two-year-old.
“Ability is one thing but if you’ve got the demeanour to go with it it takes you a long way,” Snowden said.
“I was worried the run wasn’t coming but the way he was travelling he made his own run, he pushed into the clear and once he got clear he just extended beautifully and kept going right through the line.”
The Snowdens’ have dominated the early Sydney two-year-old races.
Aim was their third consecutive Saturday juvenile winner following Wild Ruler’s Inglis Nursery success seven days ago while Sancy scored a week earlier.
“”It’s early days yet but it’s a good start and it’s good to see they’re bringing their trial form to the races,” Snowden said.