Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer is confident that the steadier of 61 kilograms will not stop his in form gelding Serious Hoffa from running out the testing 2900 metre trip in the Hunter Stayers Cup at Newcastle on Saturday. Serious Hoffa was a brilliant all the way last start Gosford winner over 2600 metres with 59 ½ kilograms on his back. The injured Chad Lever was aboard at Gosford but Andrew Gibbons who rode the five-year-old to victory at Kembla three starts back takes over on Saturday.
Serious Hoffa has had three starts on the Newcastle track for two seconds. He is a versatile stayer as he came from the rear of the field to win at Kembla over the ‘2000’ then he led throughout at Gosford.
Deamer said on Thursday that Serious Hoffa will probably lead again but he will leave the tactics up to Gibbons. “Chad Lever suggested the horse lead at Gosford as there was no place in the race. He went straight to the front and was never in danger by 1.85 lengths. I would like to see Serious Hoffa dictate in front on Saturday but if one of the others is keen to lead this horse can take a sit. I will leave it up to Gibbo to work it out once they jump. He has a big weight but it is only one and a half kilograms more than he carried last start. I believe he will run a strong ‘2900’. He would have still won at Gosford if the race was another lap. There is sixteen in the ownership and most of them are from Newcastle and most are first time owners.” Deamer said.
The Snowden camp will consider a step up to Group company for their blueblood colt Almighty if he is successful in the 1600 metre Maiden Plate at Newcastle on Saturday. The three-year-old has been placed behind potential Group 1 youngsters Siege Of Quebec and D’Argento in two of his three starts. He was backed off the map when runner up to Kailenny on the Newcastle track on July 15 after racing three wide with no cover.
Peter Snowden was confident about Almighty’s prospects when the acceptances were released on Thursday. “He is a nice horse and he has a great chance in this field. Almighty drops in class after his placing at Rosehill last start. He will race handy and if successful we will put him away and probably run him in the Flemington Carbine Club at the back end of the Spring Carnival.”
The Snowdens will send three gallopers to Newcastle. Sprinting To Win will start favourite in the 1200 metre colts and geldings Maiden while Jawhara makes her debut in the 1200 metre fillies and mare Maiden. Peter Snowden said the pair will race well. “Sprinting To Win has trained on nicely after his narrow defeat at Gosford. He has a good draw and will race on the pace. He will be very hard to beat. Jawhara has had a couple of recent trials and will run well. Her mother Emotional Circus was a good mare and this filly will race back in the field as her mum did.”