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Snitzel Spirit will relish a longer trip

Trainer Michael Freedman (above) was certainly pleased with SNITZEL SPIRIT's third successive win, but he admitted the 8kg weight advantage over runner-up Eagle Storm was a huge boost for his progressive ward.

"The pull in weights between him and the second horse helped," said the Australian handler.

"It was a fair jump in class today, but the fact that he was lightly-weighted against better horses and, won, means he does have the ability.

"He's still learning what racing is all about. He kept flicking his ears in the home straight and was looking around, but he sure has a great will to win.

"The way he won suggests he will get further. He is also out of a Thunder Gulch mare and I will definitely step him up in distance next year.

"I'll see how he pulls up. I may still give him another run and probably give him a break till the end of the year."

Freedman said he first approached regular partner Manoel Nunes for the ride, but had to look elsewhere when the Brazilian jockey said he was already booked to ride the Desmond Koh-trained Reach For The Sun, who started as the $13 favourite.

Snitzel Spirit, who was ridden by Saifudin Ismail, was second in the betting and paid $15 for a win.

"I did ask Manoel first, but he was already committed to Reach For The Sun," he said.

"Saifudin rides some trackwork for us these days. He is a lightweight jockey and is doing nothing wrong, and I thought I'd give him the ride and he's answered in the best possible way."