To some, it would have been seen as a gamble for Peter Snowden, once an integral member but out of the spotlight for the Ingham brothers’ Woodlands Stud operation, to leave the relative security of being Godolphin’s head trainer in Australia in 2014.
But since setting up at Randwick & Flemington along with his son and co-trainer Paul, the Snowden’s have excelled and are now widely regarded in the top echelon of stables in Australia with some of the most valuable horseflesh passing through their care in recent years.
On the back of the deeds of colts such as Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, dual Group One winners Russian Revolution & King’s Legacy, Captivant, Pride Of Dubai, Invader and Shooting To Win, the Snowden’s meticulous approach and eye for detail continues to be the cornerstone of their success.
Noted as premier trainers of two- and three-year-olds, a reputation earned by Peter while at Godolphin/Darley with colts such as Sepoy, Denman and Helmet, the father and son team have also demonstrated master management of older horses such as star sprinter Redzel, a back-to-back winner of The Everest and Australia’s highest-earning sprinter. Fillies & Mares are also brought to the fore including the likes of Dame Giselle and Tycoon Tara.
Peter, who was born and raised in the thoroughbred breeding heartland of Scone in the Hunter Valley, started out as a jockey before turning to training. He then took up an opportunity to work under John Hawkes as an assistant trainer for the Ingham brothers, a time when champions including Octagonal and his son Lonhro passed through the stable.
After Hawkes resigned in 2007, Snowden assumed the role as head trainer where he would go on to train 29 Group One winners, firstly for Woodlands Stud before the large-scale operation was sold to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum in 2008.
Remarkably, in 2011, Snowden won the five premier two-year-old races in Australia, the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper (Sepoy), the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and ATC Champagne Stakes (Helmet) and Benfica who won the T J Smith Stakes (now the JJ Atkins Plate) in Brisbane.
2 x The Everest (Redzel)
2 X Champagne Stakes (King’s Legacy & Captivant)
3 X Sires’ Produce (King’s Legacy, Invader & Pride Of Dubai)
Caulfield Guineas (Shooting To Win)
Golden Slipper (Capitalist)
Blue Diamond (Pride Of Dubai)
The Galaxy (Russian Revolution)
Kingsford Smith Stakes (Hot Snitzel)
Doomben 10,000 (Redzel)
Oakleigh Plate (Russian Revolution)
Phone: (02) 9326 7866
Peter Snowden Email:email@example.com
Paul Snowden Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Racing & Bloodstock Manager – Colum McCullagh
Phone: +61 497 214 886
Snowden Racing Pty Ltd
PO Box 511
KENSINGTON NSW 1465