STRASBOURG NOW AIMED AT GROUP 1 TARGET

STRASBOURG NOW AIMED AT GROUP 1 TARGET

Strasbourg scored an important Group 2 BRC Sires’ Stakes (1400m) win at Eagle Farm on Saturday, earning the high-priced colt a shot at next month’s Group 1 J J Atkins Plate (1600m), two months after an intended maiden tilt at a Group 1 race.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained juvenile was put on a Queensland winter carnival campaign after missing out on a start in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) in April.

He was runner-up in the Group 3 Baillieu Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in late March and was also tried in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) when unplaced in April.

“We had hopes for him as a Golden Slipper horse but a Brisbane Group 1 would obviously be great,” Peter Snowden said after Saturday’s win.

“We took the blinkers off him today and put winkers on and he got to the line very strongly.”

Strasbourg, who was runner-up to Dubious in the Group 2 BRC Champagne Classic (1200m) a fortnight ago, defeated race favourite Accession by a neck, with pacemaker Garibaldi another three-quarters of a length away in third.

Strasbourg is not nominated for the J J Atkins Plate on June 8 but Snowden suggested the colt would be a late entry for the race if he pulls up well after Saturday’s race.

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