Overdue win for Snow Excuse

A drought ended after almost two years when Cambridge galloper Snow Excuse raced away with the Lindauer Ladies 1200 at Pukekohe today.

Snow Excuse looked a very promising gallop a couple of seasons ago when beating Ginja Ninja on debut at Ellerslie then going on to pick up a couple of placings, including a third behind Testa Secret and Elusive Red in the Listed Castletown Stakes at Foxton. He then turned the tables on the pair when winning the Listed Ryder Stakes at Otaki, but that victory on July 30, 2011 was to be his last until today.

“We’ve waited a long time for this,” said trainer Ralph Manning as he watched Snow Excuse return to scale. “He just didn’t come back as a three-year-old and he’s had major joint issues. They’re always be there, but it’s good to see him win again.”

Manning was quick to praise rider Rory Hutchings for his part in the overdue win. “He’s got be ridden cold and Rory rode him so well,” said Manning.

Snow Excuse had seven starts as a three-year-old for two placings and from six outings this term leading into today’s race he had managed three placings.

Snow Excuse, a No Excuse Needed gelding, is raced by Manning in partnership with his parents, Bob and Kathleen Manning, and a long -time stable client and friend, Ivan Julian.

A son of the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Kirkberg, Snow Excuse was one of 10 weanlings Manning bought in 2009. He picked up the youngster at the National Weanling Sales at Karaka for $4500.