Fast-finishing grey Snow Blossom has been a revelation during the Bunbury Turf Club’s 2017/18 season and only bad luck stands in the way of a third straight win when she lines up as a $2.20 favourite in Get The TABTouch Handicap (Race 8-1216m) this afternoon.
The Brent Larsson-trained five-year-old, who’s rapidly gaining a cult following with her powerful get back/run on style of racing, ended a frustrating run of placings with a barnstorming victory at Bunbury on January 10 and followed up with an equally impressive display on the January 26 Australia Day meeting.
Snow Blossom began her career in Ascot with Stan Bates and had three starts under his care, including a 1313-metre Maiden victory at Geraldton on January 12 last year.
Remaining on the ‘Crayfish Coast’ with leading trainer Gordon Spowart, the daughter of Kendel Star finished unplaced in three Geraldton outings before being spelled and transferred to Bunbury local Larsson, who has put the polish on plenty of talented thoroughbreds over the years including 2010 Winterbottom Stakes winner Hadabeclorka.
At her first appearance for Larsson, Snow Blossom finished runner up over 1108 metres at Bunbury’s November 7 Melbourne Cup Day meeting, following up with four more placings before breaking through in brilliant fashion on January 10, coming from last (13th) at the 400-metre mark to squeeze through the narrowest of gaps in the straight and win going away by 1-1/2 lengths.
Vince Accardi’s Daily Sectionals clocked her final 400-metre time at a sizzling 23.24 seconds, some 0.74 seconds or approx 4-1/2 lengths faster than any other runner that day, highlighting a turn-of-foot possessed only by top-echelon horses. Her follow-up January 26 performance provided further evidence of her class, working through the gears impressively and clocking 11.88, 11.48 and 11.26 seconds for her closing splits, some 0.58 seconds (approx 3L) faster than any other runner for the final 600 metres.
The data clearly illustrates Snow Blossom is destined for bigger things and a third straight win this afternoon would surely convince connections into having a crack at the big dollars on offer in town.
Her fantastic form at Bunbury this season, sees her currently four points clear of Vital Silver in the BTC Harradine & Associates-Horse of the Year Award.