Paul Snowden grew up watching Guy Walter train his team around Warwick Farm, so would love to honour his memory with Reelem In Ruby in the race named in his honour at Randwick on Saturday.
Snowden was only eight years old when he met Walter and remembers him always being there as he grew up.
Reelem In Ruby looks to return to form in the Guy Walter Stakes.Credit:AAP
“Wendy is still a family friend and to win this race would mean so much to me and dad,” Snowden said. “When we moved to Warwick Farm he was there and you could always seen him doing that little bit extra with his horses.
“He always had a a good word for me, so if Reelem In Ruby can win it would mean a lot to us.”
The Pierro mare missed a place for the first time in her career when she never got into the slowly-run Triscay Stakes, but her sectional times were as good as any horse for the day.
She has to carry a penalty as a group 2 winner, so is topweight in the Guy Walter, but Snowden believes she will return to her best on Saturday.
“The last run was a total forgive,” he said. “She never got a chance to get into the race, but she got the benefit of having the run.
“She should be able to get a bit closer on Saturday and the extra trip is in her favour. I’m expecting her to be in the finish.”
The Triscay is the key formline for the Guy Walter. Sweet Deal is attempting to complete the double with seven of the 10 runners coming out the group 3.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings also is happy to see the journey extend to 1400m for Pohutukawa, who was a fast finishing third in the Triscay.
“She was crying out for 1400 on her return," Cummings said. “It’s been a while since she has won a race but we are confident that our patience will be rewarded.
“If her gallop this week was any better, it would have been a waste.”
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