Prologue Update (Sunday 14th October 2018)
Just when we were thinking things couldn’t become any better; they have! Peter and Paul Snowdon have scaled ‘The Everest’ twice; with outstanding sprinter ‘Redzel’. Billed as the richest-race-on-turf in the world the contentious and controversial 1200 metre sprint, now in its second year, was a scintillating success again yesterday (13/10/18) at Randwick. The $13 million race filled the fine old course to capacity. The gates were closed early ‘capturing’ well over 40,000 hedonistic patrons. It appears Sydney has not lost its voracious appetite to party following the initial ‘great romp’ in late January 1788! The Snowdon camp has collected the majority purse now in both competitions including the inaugural running for $10 million in 2017. It adds yet further cachet to the magnificent ‘rags-to-riches’ saga of the Snowdon cadre from Scone.
This is a story of inspiration almost beyond the limits of reasonable possibility let alone probability. Chris Roots wrote about it in the SMH on Wednesday 30 November 2011 under the headline ‘Snowden’s amazing journey defies belief’. See: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/from-scone-to-dubai-snowdens-amazing-journey-defies-belief-20111129-1o57e.html. Previously I had written to Peter Snowden to compliment him on his extraordinary success and absolutely outstanding achievement in becoming Australia’s champion thoroughbred trainer. I reflected on the following: