The first round heats of the much sought after Snowball Series for C0 class horses four year old and older were held at the Charlton Graduation class meeting on Monday December 9, 2013.
A unique series where stake levels increase as the series progresses - Heats $3,000, Semi-finals $5,500 and the Final $10,500
Heat one over 2100 metres was taken out by Great Western trainer/driver's /Robyne Measure 4-Y-0 gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 1-59.9.
Beginning brilliantly from gate four, Willow Robyn a prohibitive $1.10 favourite, led throughout to street his rivals in winning by 18 metres over a death-seating Sassy man and Playing The Ace.
Heat two saw South Australian visitor Sparks On Nudgee, a four year old daughter ofand Big Brown Eyes successful in a rate of 2-01.2.
Driven byfor Globe Derby Park trainer Andrew Mitton, Sparks On Nudgee was sent out with a rush from gate three, but was unable to head off the polemarker Miss Toolern Vale, with Sugars easing to take a trail.
Using the sprint lane in the shadows of the post, Sparks On Nudgee ($3.20) finished best to gain the day by a head from Shes Even Cooler (one/two - three wide home turn), with Miss Toolern Vale a half neck away in third place.
Smart/Road To Paris four year old gelding Clancys Fobwatch snared Heat three in the fastest rate 1-57.7 from gate three.
In what was a great staying test, Clancys Fobwatch ($2.10) trained at Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh) byand driven by Greg, raced outside the highly fancied Seven And A Half (gate four), before prevailing by a half neck in a thrilling duel all the way up the running. Tearitup which led out before being eased to follow Seven And A Half finished 37.4 metres away in third place.
Two Semi-Finals over 2190 metres will be held at Maryborough on December 18, with the 2200 metre Final at Ballarat on December 26.