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Snitzerland May Not Run If Track Wet
Trainer Gerald Ryan will be paying close attention to Sydney's weather over the next 48 hours saying he may withdraw star mare Snitzerland (Snitzel-Monte Rosa, by Fraar) from Saturday's Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick if the track is rain affected, reports horseracing.com.au. The Harbour City has seen plenty of precipitation over the last week and, although there is no rain predicted on Saturday, Ryan says he is worried about running Snitzerland on a wet track for the first time in her career. "They have had 38 millimetres of rain at Randwick over the last week...I wouldn't want to see her on a wet track," Ryan said. "She is ok on dead tracks, but I wouldn't want to see any worse than that. I would have a huge think about it; she has got that funny action in front." Snitzerland, who is coming off an explosive first-up win in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, has drawn favourably in barrier eight, but Ryan says he will not be tying down jockey Brenton Avdulla with instructions. "If she jumps like she did in the Lightning Stakes, I reckon that she would cross them," Ryan said. "If they kick up hard underneath her, she has won before with a sit, so you would let them go and just try to slot in. She will come back for you, she won the Danehill Stakes [Gr2] coming from behind them, so it wouldn't worry me."