'Golden' run for Ridgeview Sire (TBV)

May 31, 2016

It has been a good winnning run for Ridgeview Park’s stallion Golden Snake of late.

The regally bred multiple Group One winner has been represented by a number of up-and-comers including recent winners Blue Viper and Vanilla Gold.

An odds-on favourite at Ararat last Thursday, the Mitchell Freedman trained Vanilla Gold (bred by Terang’s Heffernan family) was having just her fourth start and she could not have been more impressive stepping up to 2000m for the first time.

Swamping her rivals from back in the field, the three-year-old stamped herself as a horse to follow and Freedman is looking forward to testing her at metropolitan level.

“It is a shame she wasn’t up and going earlier,” Freedman said, noting that the South Australian Oaks would’ve suited the chestnut.

“She has proven that she has a great liking for staying trips and we look for a race in town for her now.”

The Henry Dwyer trained Blue Viper (bred by Warrnambool’s Andrew Rylance) meanwhile was able to record the second success from seven starts when doing a great job under the considerable steadier of 61.5kg.

Despite carrying 6.5kg more than the runner-up, Blue Viper was strong to the line third up over 1700m and he too looks ready to progress the further the ground he gets over.

Both Vanilla Gold and Blue Viper are raced by their breeders, proving that Golden Snake is the ideal owner/breeder horse – a proven stallion whose runners earn an average of over $42,000 each.

The sire of local stakes winners Gilded Venom (WA Horse Of The Year), Hissing Sid, Antidotes and Vipera Gold, Golden Snake (who boasts progeny earnings in excess of $10 million) has also been represented by the Italian Gr.1 winner Quiza Quiza Quiza and the two times Singapore Gr.3 winner Super Gold.

“Golden Snake is a reliable stallion who sires sound, tough, genuine runners,” said LP Stallions’ Julie Nairn who has raced several Golden Snakes herself with success – “I just love them!”

Other Golden Snake progeny in recent winning form include Aagas (a metropolitan level winner over 2400m), Strikes Twice, Snake Farley (a home-bred for Ian Bell’s Campolina) and Hissing Sid’s promising brother Dusty Mamba.

For further information on Golden Snake – who stands this spring at a fee of $3,300 (incl gst, free return – payment terms available on request) contact LP Stallions’ Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Ridgeview’s Phil Sloane (0488 525 063).