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Snowden: Long John Deserves Chance
Meanwhile, Peter Snowden is unsure whether star 3YO Long John (Street Cry-Hosiery, by Night Shift) has what it takes to win Saturday's $3 million WS Cox Plate but he is adamant he deserves to take his chance, reports theinformant.co.nz. Long John had his final serious workout at his home track of Flemington yesterday morning rather than attending Moonee Valley's public trackwork session. "It's a pretty busy morning at Moonee Valley and I don't think he needed it," Snowden said. "The work I wanted to give him, he did really well at home and I'm really happy how the horse is." Owners Darley decided to give the son of Street Cry a shot at Australasia's weight-for-age championship following his last-start impressive victory in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. Long John will have to overcome the poor record of Caulfield Guineas winners in the Cox Plate as he bids to become the first horse to win the Caulfield Guineas-Cox Plate double since Red Anchor in 1984. "It's a big ask but these sorts of horses with the record he's got, why not give him his chance," Snowden said. "Who knows how far this bloke will go. He's well in himself, he's got 49.5 kg on his back and we'll be out there doing our best."