Snowdens’ Invader to Run Against Elders in Show County Quality

The training duo of Peter and Paul Snowden are taking on the older horses with their Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Invader on Saturday, running Invader in the Group 3 Show County Quality Handicap.

A three-year-old has never won the race in its 25-year history and the Snowdens themselves describe the approach as unconventional.

If the just released nominations for the Show County Quality represent the field to any degree, Invader will run against Omei Sword at Royal Randwick. Omei Sword is prepared by Chris Waller and the four-year-old bay mare has a year’s worth of additional experience, including a Group 2 win at the same course and distance last year in the Silver Shadow Stakes.

The Show County Quality Handicap, especially since being elevated from Listed to Group quality in 2013 and moved from Warwick Farm to Randwick in 2014, has often proved to be a race that has eventually produced Group 1 winners, with names such as Moment Of Change, Rebel Dane, Terravista and Tycoon Tara, last year’s winner, going on to bigger and better things in the year following a win in the Show County.

The Snowdens are staking their strategy on the thinking that the Group 3 San Domenico at Rosehill the weekend following would be too short for Invader. That strategy does not seem all that unconventional, as Invader’s win in the Sires’ Produce was at 1400 m.

The Snowdens would like to target Invader for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill on September 23. Following the Show County, they will possibly try him in the Group 2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill on September 17, so it would seem that Invader has a busy spring ahead of him.

Beyond those two races, Invader may go on to have a go at races like the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Invader is second favourite for the moment, at $6.50, while Omei Sword is the top pick at $3.50.

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