By Brad Gray
Every journey begins with a first step and that could be the case for potentially Everest contender Pariah who took out the $150,000 Group Three San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
The classy three-year-old colt did his Everest claims no harm, with James Harron Bloodstock holding a slot, on the back of a masterful ride from Blake Shinn.
“He’ll run in the Run To The Rose and then obviously the Golden Rose. Probably after that 1400m run we’ll determine what avenue we take with him, if we do press onto the mile or look at The Everest or freshen up for the Coolmore,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“They’re certainly good things to be thinking about.
“The Golden Rose is his main target thus far, hopefully we can tick that box and then we can really think about what his future holds.
“He’s certainly on his way and has a lot of improvement to come, we are just fortunate enough to have him in our stable.”
Now back to the ride. Shinn took the son of Redoute’s Choice back to near last from the wide draw but weaved a path entering the straight to find clear running and ultimately prove too classy.
“It was very good wasn’t it, Snowden said of the ride, “But in fairness we had the horse to manoeuvre to do those things, to point him in the direction and just ride with him. It certainly was pretty to watch.”
Shinn then added, “He gave me a lovely ride and as the race panned out I got more confident. I just had to extricate my way out at the turn and I know he’s got a great turn of foot and he delivered today.”
“Peter (Snowden) left me with an open mind and I was really pleased with that. He didn’t hit the gates that hard so I just elected to ride him quiet and back his ability.
“I was able to find the rail and got on the back of Jorda and when the runs appeared I took them. At the top of the straight I was very confident.”
The first up victory, which saw Pariah shorten into outright favourite in TAB’a Golden Rose market at $6, came as little surprise to Shinn.
“His work had been good, his trials had been great,” Shinn said.
“We’ve always had the belief that he was a top liner and he narrowly missed the Blue Diamond, but we really thought he had made nice progression to a three-year-old.”