WINTER CARNIVAL TEMPTS TAJ MAHAL

2017-03-31T12:01:09+00:00 April 6th, 2016|

Snowden Racing will consider a Brisbane campaign for promising Warwick Farm winner Taj Mahal.

The More Than Ready colt is the latest two year-old to fire for the Golden Slipper winning team after taking the TAB More Than Just Winning Hcp (1300m) on Wednesday.  “We will keep him racing or give him a break and go to the winter carnival,” Paul Snowden said.  “I was worried on the corner – I didn’t know how Hugh (Bowman) was going to get out – but he found a way and the colt won really well.”

Snowden believes Taj Mahal will get 1600 metres and that opens up options like the G2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben, May 14 and G2 QTC Sires Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben, May 28 on the way to the G1 T J Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm, June 11.

“There’s a really good win in store for him,” Snowden predicted.  “He is learning more with every start and I liked the way he burst clear today.”

Taj Mahal races in China Horse Club’s red and yellow colours and his syndicate includes USA owners WinStar and Stonestreet Stables.  He was a $450,000 purchase from Kia-Ora Stud at the 2015 Inglis Easter yearling sale and is the first foal of Gunawati, a Moonee Valley sprint winner for Mark Kavanagh.

Gunawati (Galileo) is a descendant of Prawn Cocktail (USA) and she was bred back to More Than Ready last year.

More Than Ready made the leader-board on Day 1 of the Inglis Easter yearling sale with a $950,000 colt from Absolute Joy (NZ) that was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.  He’s the highest-priced Easter graduate by the Vinery Champion since 2008.