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Stretch Family Success

Gawler couple John and Sylvia Stretch look to have really have had ‘beginner’s luck’ with their first involvement into racehorse ownership. The husband and wife are part-owners of Snipetron, an impressive debut winner at the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club Christmas Party meeting on Monday, December 28. Goolwa-based trainer David Jolly said Snipetron was a horse to follow. The three-year-old landed a solid betting plunge in a debut win in the Schweppes Mixers Plate (1100m). Backed from $4 into $2.80 favourite, Snipetron, ridden by Jason Holder, led throughout to score a half-length win from Torcida ($3.20) with Regal Rogue ($10) three-quarters of a length away third.

John Stretch said he had followed horse racing for most of his life. “I’ve always had an interest in racing but this is my first time as an owner,” he said. “I love sport and play bowls at Lyndoch but gave away the pennants this season as I have retired and do other things on the weekend. “Hopefully I will have to go to the races at bit more often.” Jolly said he hoped Snipetron might develop into a top class sprinter. “I just gave him one 600 metre jump out prior to today’s race and he led throughout and won pulling away,” Jolly said. “He is feeling his shins a bit at the moment but I think he can measure up as a quality sprinter in time.” Jolly said he trained Snipetron’s dam Autumn Dash which had one start for a very easy win at Strathalbyn. “She had bad legs and we only got the one run out of her but it doesn’t surprise me that she has thrown a smart one, and a half relation to this bloke won at Doomben on the weekend.” The trainer said he would see how the three-year-old pulled up before deciding whether to give him another run this preparation.

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