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| November 18, 2013
Paximadia wins the G2 Sandown Guineas

Paximadia wins the G2 Sandown Guineas

PAXIMADIA may have farewelled Australian racing in the best way possible with a fighting victory in the Sandown Guineas (1600m).

Trainer Peter Snowden said he would speak to Darley representatives in Dubai in the next couple of days to find out whether he is required to join the Godolphin team.

“I’ll know more tomorrow. At this stage it’s a possibility but I’m not sure,” Snowden said last night.

It was Snowden’s fourth win in six years in the Sandown Guineas after success with Caymans (2008), Kidnapped (2009) and Tatra (2012).

Both Caymans and Kidnapped headed to the northern hemisphere and competed in England and Dubai after they won the Sandown Guineas.

Snowden was full of praise for Paximadia, saying he simply out-toughed his opposition.

Paximadia sat second and wore down frontrunner Equator in the straight, only hitting the front at the 75m mark.

Paximadia ($3-$3.40) defeated Equator ($4.80) by a length-and-a-quarter with the heavily backed Apollo’s Choice ($5.50 to $4) in third.

“The race turned out like we planned,” Snowden said. “We thought the blinkers would fire up Equator and we needed to keep the pressure on.

“It was a good effort. He was tough. We were in the right spot and wanted to put the pressure on.

“Equator set it up with a fast pace. From the 600m Paximadia had to do a fair bit of work. We just had to hang tough.”

Snowden said the Carbine Club and the Sandown Guineas were the races they had targeted with the three-year-old colt.

“The job’s done. It was a great result,” he said.

Snowden said the only blot on Paximadia’s copybook was three starts ago at Caulfield when they chose not to lead, but they had learnt their lesson.

Snowden said wherever Paximadia headed, he deserved to get to something better.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said he didn’t jump as well as he wanted to but he was able to push Paximadia into second placing.

McEvoy said he was worried at the 600m mark when Equator seemed to be going strongly.

“He started to hit his power band in the straight and Nash’s horse wilted a little bit in the finish,” McEvoy said.

McEvoy believes Paximadia will be better suited over 2000m and would be competitive in the northern hemisphere.

Nash Rawiller, who rode runner-up Equator, said the blinkers had brought out the best in him and he ran as well as he could.

Brad Rawiller was impressed with the effort of Apollo’s Choice to finish third, saying he couldn’t wait to ride him in the autumn.

 


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