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Perth trainer Stephen Miller was far from disappointed even though his exciting filly Sniparoochy was all out winning the Amelia Park Lodge Plate (1200m) last Saturday.

Sniparoochy had bolted in by five lengths on debut at Bunbury last month but had to overcome some smart youngsters at Ascot.  The Snippetson filly started odds-on in town and had to work outside the speed before taking a clear lead in the straight.

Favourite punters would have been happy at the furlong only to wonder if it was turning pear-shaped when Ex Sport Man (Playing God) and Hoi An (Longma) launched late bids.  “She had to dig deep to get the job done,” Miller said.  “She’s still raw and was looking around.  There weren’t any slouches in that field and the main thing is she’s two-for-two.”

Miller is undecided what path to take for the $250,000 Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on February 6.  She will race with winkers next time and that could come as early as this Saturday in the Crown Perth Plate (1000m).

Sniparoochy (2f Snippetson – Mamaroochy by Duporth) is nicknamed ‘Ferrari’ by her owners who bought her for $67,500 at the 2020 Perth Magic Millions.  They also raced her older full-bother Bubaroochy who was the first locally-bred winner by Snippetson when he landed a plunge at Pinjarra in January 2019.

Sniparoochy is from the third crop sired by Snippetson since he relocated to Scenic Lodge from the Hunter Valley.  The second is headed by last year’s Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Gemma’s Son who resumes this Saturday after a midfield finish last time out in the G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Trainer David Harrison has nominated Gemma’s Son for the Devil’s Lair Plate (1000m) at Ascot.  He’s unbeaten first-up but has been burdened with 62.5kg less the claim for 3kg apprentice Maddi Derrick.

Snippetson fillies from Pearlesque (Lot 41) and Athena’s Me Mum (Lot 95) will attract prospective buyers on Day 1 of the 2021 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale on Monday, February 15.  “The Pearlesque is a half-sister to Friar Fox and is an awesome filly,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said.  “She’s a typical Snippetson – strong with plenty of size and it’s a black-type page.”

The Scenic Lodge filly out of Athena’s Me Mum is an early August foal and is maturing into a filly who could complement the family of Group 1 winner Island Morn from back in the day when Dallas Dempster stood Marooned (GB) at Tilden Park.