“I didn’t put him in the Stradbroke because I didn’t think he was good enough for it, and didn’t want it as an option to tempt me,” Dunn said after Snitz defied Greyworm and Redouble.
“I was actually thinking he is more a Ramornie horse. That is still an option depending on if they smash him from that win [in the ratings].
“I never thought he could go to this level, so he is making it tough for me.”
Snitz only ended up in Sydney because of coronavirus restrictions that made it hard for Dunn to take horses to his happy hunting ground north of the border but the Stradbroke has become a real option.
“He has won a bit of money now, so paying the late entry for the Stradbroke is an option for the owners, but you would want to see Brisbane open up a bit if we were to go up there,” Dunn said.
“It is just hard to take horses up there at the moment and that’s why he is down here.
“We have to think about what is best for him and look at the program work out what might work for him.
“I have in the back of my mind he would certainly get into a Kosciuszko and he loves 1200m here at Randwick.”
Team Hawkes and Gerald Ryan are looking to the Golden Eagle with Masked Crusader and Bottega after they both displayed big-race potential.
Masked Crusader was well found in betting but punters who had taken red figures were never worried as he led all the way. Tommy Berry took luck out of the equation by going to the front and gave a galloping exhibition to win by three lengths untouched.
The stable said he could back up in the Scone Guineas next week but was into $11 for the Golden Eagle on the back of the win.
“He’s a lovely horse. Tommy really probably doesn’t know how good he is,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
“I don’t know where the top or the bottom is with this bloke yet and I think Tommy is probably going to have the same opinion.”
Gerald Ryan had a winning double. Two-year-old Peltzer may target the Golden Rose in the spring after staying unbeaten before Bottega stormed down the centre of the track to get back in the winner’s circle after seconds in the Carbine Club Stakes and Frank Packer Plate during the carnival.
Bottega may have another run in the Lord Mayor’s Cup in a fortnight but Ryan will talk with his owner George Altomonte about what the spring target could be, with jockeys believing he could be sharp enough for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle.
“Bossy [Glen Boss] said it to me the other day that fresh he would be an ideal 1500m horse. Nash got off him and said the same thing after that win,” Ryan said.
“He is a bit of [a] talent and you could train him to do what you liked and the Golden Eagle could be an option.
“I will sit down with George in the next couple of weeks and work out what we will do with him but he has it all in front of him.
“I still feel his best trip will be 2000m but you have to look at what’s around in the spring and we may have to wait until the autumn to get to that trip when he is more mature.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald