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Snitzel draws level with Danehill's stakes record

  • Sat, 15 Jul 2017
  • Luke Costin

Snitzel has equalled a 15-year-old Australian stakes record for a stallion but is running out of time to take the record for himself.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Calanda became Snitzel's 26th individual stakes winner with a narrow victory in the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton on Wednesday.

That brought Arrowfield Stud's most-marketable sire's season level with the exceptional 2001-02 season of his grandsire, Danehill.

Of the Snitzel progeny to have raced this season, almost one in two have won and one in 12 has claimed a stakes race. Nine Group and Listed races remain for Snitzel to come up with a reord-breaking 27th stakes winner.

His only runner this weekend, Elle Lou in the Winter Stakes at Rosehill, has already won a stakes race this season.

That leaves the Tattersall's Mile, Oakland Plate, Bletchingly Stakes, Lightning Stakes and Winter Challenge as the final opportunities for fresh stakes winners.

Even with a career total of 64 stakes winners, Snitzel is still dwarfed by Danehill's incredible mark of 344.

STAKES WINNERS IN A SINGLE SEASON

* Snitzel - 2016/17 - 26 (154 total winners)

* Danehill - 2001/02 - 26 (109)

* Danehill - 2002/03 - 21 (116)

* Danehill - 2004/05 - 21 (110)