Gosford Guineas Winner Sold by Widden
The Listed Gosford Guineas on Thursday was won by promising filly Lady Sniper, a $20,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Boomer Bloodstock from the Widden Stud draft.
A brilliant winner of the $250,000 Inglis Sprint in December, the Bjorn Baker trained daughter of Snippetson was having her second run back from a break following that win and found her best form to charge home and win the 1200 metre sprint by more than a length.
Well ridden by Jason Collett, she did a good job to down Group placed Star Witness filly Kimberley Star with Godolphin up and comer Chetwood in third place.
Baker said Lady Sniper’s pre-race antics may have cost her when the filly was unplaced in the Listed ATC Fireball Stakes.
“It’s fair to say she was disappointing but she did get a bit hot before the race,” Baker said.
“I think her form last time suggested she could do something like this.
“Some of her gallops have been phenomenal.”
Lady Sniper has won four races and placed four times from 11 starts earning over $300,000 in prizemoney and there are more wins in store.
Baker has several options ahead for Lady Sniper including the $500,000 Group II Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) on Day One of The Championships at Randwick.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it and she’s putting together a very good record, bar her last start,” Baker said.
“She could possibly go to the PJ Bell Stakes on Saturday week or the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint. She’s an Inglis horse as well so we will have to look at a race like the Scone Guineas going forward.”
Lady Sniper was purchased as a weanling for just $1,500 by Baddock Bloostock at the 2013 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale and pinhooked through the draft of Widden Stud at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, where Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock International secured her.
She is one of 10 stakes-winners for former Widden Stud based sire Snippetson, now domiciled in Western Australia, and is one of two winners from Lady Titus, a half-sister to stakes-winners Easy Landing and Misty Dawn.