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Snitzel Claims Trans-Tasman Stakes Double
Melbourne 3YO Farson and New Zealand-based juvenile Summer Passage gave the sensational Snitzel his ninth same-day stakes double on Saturday, taking his tally of stakes winners to 52. Farson started favourite in the $200,000 Gr2 MRC Autumn Classic (1800m) after consecutive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley. He kept punters happy when he took control of the race round the turn and kicked clear to score by almost two lengths. Farson was a $180,000 Gai Waterhouse buy from the draft of breeder Stuart Ramsey's Turangga Farm at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His stakes-winning dam Clear View is a daughter of Gallo Di Ferro (by Deputy Minister), from a family that produced New Zealand Gr1 winners So Casual & Zola almost 20 years ago. $800,000 Inglis Easter graduate Summer Passage extended Snitzel's record on several fronts with a stylish defeat of Summer Monsoon & Hanger in Saturday's Listed Matamata Slipper (1200m) in New Zealand. Summer Passage is both Snitzel's 23rd juvenile winner this season and his 23rd lifetime 2YO stakes winner, as well as his first black-type winner in New Zealand. He and Farson take Snitzel's 2016/17 record to 17 stakes winners - his best-ever season total, and it's only February.