SNOWS RIDE. 12 March 2000. Hernando-Crodlle. Owner-Belarus Partnership.
Snows Ride was a wonderful servant to the sport of horse racing, like so many of these wonderful horses are. He raced a total of 60 times, in his eight season career, 26 times on the flat, for his first trainer William Muir, in Lambourn, followed by a further 32 runs for Micky, and a further twice, at the end of his career for Michael Herrington, in North Yorkshire.
Snows Ride is by the Group 1 winning sire Hernando, out of a Formidable mare, making him a half brother to the Group 1 placed mare Ela Athena, who herself was the dam of Group 2 winner Pallasator, and Listed placed Alphonsus.
Snows Ride was one of those lucky horses who managed to escape injury, only having one significant break, when changing yards. He raced twice as a two year old, showing promise on debut at Lingfield, in August 2002, when staying on in to third.As a three year old he raced 14 times, winning on three occasions, and earning a BHA rating of 83. He remained busy as a four year old, racing a further 10 times, but struggled to find his form. He was gelded in June 2004, and that helped, with him being placed on three of his final four starts for the Muir yard, but his mark had tumbled to just 58.
He was purchased by Micky at the 2004 Newmarket sales, and made his hurdles debut Wetherby in March 2005, finishing third under Graham Lee.He got off the mark over jumps at the forth time of asking at Sedgefield in May, in a novice hurdle, and won there again in September under a penalty.He was third on his handicap debut at Wetherby on his next start, but lost his way after, racing a further 10 times, over the next 18 months, and seeing his mark slip from a high of 110, to just 87.
In October 2007, under his favoured conditions of fast ground, and around two and a half miles, he found his form again, notching up a hat-trick in just six weeks, twice at Sedgefield, and once at Kelso, he was also well in touch in his next race at Market Rasen, when falling for the one and only time in his career.
Snows Ride raced a further 11 times for the yard in the 2008-2009 season,including his one and only attempt over fences, but he never got competitive again, he raced twice in 2010 for Michael Herrington without any promise, and at the age of 10 his career came to an end. Like many other horses, Snows Ride is too easily forgotten, because he wasn't in the top 5%. but it is horses like him that help keep the show on the road.
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