Metallicity begins search for gold in Pierro Plate

Espiona isn’t the only hype horse racing at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

There is also huge boom on the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained juvenile Metallicity who goes to the races for the first time in the $150,000 Coolmore Pierro Plate (1100m).

Both young horses are dominant in early TAB Fixed Odds betting. Unbeaten three-year-old filly Espiona is at $1.50 to score her third win in as many starts in the Group $200,000 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), while Metallicity is into $1.90 to make a winning debut.

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden prepare the exciting Metallicity. Picture: AAP Image

Chris Waller’s Espiona has ramped home in her only two races including a stakes win at Flemington during the Cup Carnival last November so there is justification for her short odds.

But Metallicity’s price is based only on his three impressive barrier trial wins, and to a lesser extent the fact he is prepared by Team Snowden who are without peer as trainers of two-year-olds.

Metallicity, a superbly-bred colt by leading Widden Stud stallion Zoustar out of Captivating Claire, the dam of former smart filly Catch Me, was purchased by a high-powered syndicate including Newgate Farm and China Horse Club for $340,000 at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale last year.

Newgate supremo Henry Field has heard all the “noise” around Metallicity but has been in the game long enough not to take too much notice.

“You would be a rich man if you laid every unraced, spruiked two-year-old over the years,” Field said.

“But I’m excited to see Metallicity kick off in the Pierro Plate and hope he can live up to the expectations the stable has of him.

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Stay Inside won the Pierro Plate before going on to victory in the Golden Slipper last year. Picture: Getty Images

“From the first time he did a strong piece of work, Peter (Snowden) rang me and said we have got something here.

“The colt has continued to do well in his trials so now the next step is to go to the races.”

Field noted that Metallicity is using the Pierro Plate to confirm his lofty rating in early $5 million Golden Slipper betting, just as Field’s former brilliant colt Stay Inside did 12 months ago.

“This is the same race that Stay Inside won so well last year and went on to win the Golden Slipper,” Field said.

“Hopefully, Metallicity can follow in his footsteps and win the Pierro Plate.”

Field said Metallicity and stablemate Russian Conquest, runner-up to Coolangatta in the Magic Millions last month, are Newgate’s best chances of winning back-to-back Golden Slippers next month.

This is also reflected in early Golden Slipper betting where Russian Conquest is second favorite at $8 and Metallicity is next at $13 behind only Coolangatta at $4.

“Metallicity races in the China Horse Club colors and Russian Conquest has the (Newgate) farm colours,” Field said.

Smart filly Russian Conquest is also on a Golden Slipper path. Picture: Grant Guy

“Russian Conquest is coming along well and she is probably going to run in the Sweet Embrace Stakes next.

“We are feeling good about these two and hopefully Metallicity can also put himself into the Golden Slipper on Saturday.”

Although Stay Inside has been retired and will join Newgate Farm’s stallion roster next spring breeding season, Field still has interests in a number of outstanding three-year-olds gearing up for autumn In The Congo, winner of the Golden Rose earlier this season.

“In The Congo is probably going to trial next Monday at Warwick Farm,” Field said.

“The plan is for him to run first-up in The Galaxy which is a similar program we used with the Russian Revolution.

“Artorius runs on Saturday in the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield, then next week Profiteer is first-up in the Lightning Stakes and Captivant is in the CS Hayes Stakes as part of his Australian Guineas campaign.”

Field explained that Stay Inside “wasn’t quite right” during spring and the decision has been made to retire the colt to stud.

“We took the view that being a Golden Slipper winner by Extreme Choice, what more could he do?” Field said. “He was too valuable to risk.”

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