Snowden playing down Khan hopes

16 February 2017 21:08:33 GMTPlus11

Trainer Peter Snowden expects a strong first-up run from Khan in the Silver Shadow at Rosehill on Saturday.

Snowden admits however that She Will Reign will be difficult to catch over the 1100m trip.

Snowden is quick to point out he is not making excuses ahead of the Group 2 feature, saying he is just being realistic about Khan's chances first-up.

"He will be vulnerable Saturday and that filly going the pace she does it will probably get him off the bit and he will be chasing a long way out, and it's hard to run on hard when you're chasing," Snowden said.

"She is a very fast filly and it's certainly not this bloke's go. He has pace but he is not really an 1100m horse.

"I'm not making excuses for him and he will run well, I have no doubt about that because he is a quality colt but I just don't believe he will be best suited in a race like this first-up."

Meanwhile, Snowden revealed he does not just have the Golden Slipper in mind for Khan this autumn with the Sires' (1400m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m) also on the agenda.

"That's the reason I didn't go to the Gold Coast (for the Magic Millions) with him," he added of Khan, who is 999/1 to win the Golden Slipper.

"I want to get him into the Slipper and then hopefully the Sires and Champagne afterwards and that's what I've got in mind for him and that's the prep he's had to get him there.

"He is a very tough horse and nothing worries him and he has a gallop or a trial and comes back like he hasn't been out there. He just copes with everything and hopefully he will come into his own over seven furlongs and a mile."

She Will Reign is 17/2 to take the Golden Slipper while Jorda can be backed at 999/1.

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