THREE-year-old Oh Susanna, the only Sun Met runner to attract a measure of early betting support, will arrive at the race “spot on”, according to her trainer Justin Snaith.

Oh Susanna, a smart daughter of Street Cry, romped home to a cosy 1,5 length victory in the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m last time out despite over-racing in the early stages.

Before that she flew home for second in the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas after having to be dropped out from a wide draw. Snaith pointed out that when Street Cry fillies are good they are very good with the two best examples being the legends Zenyatta and Winx.

“There are no boundaries to them,” he said. “So with such a good pedigree, and as she is a young horse who is still raring to go, she has got to be respected carrying just 51,5kg.”

Snaith added, “But, she cannot afford to over-race in the Met”.

The Phillippi-based trainer began working on the over-racing issue immediately after the Paddock Stakes and said, “Fortunately playing polo has increased my knowledge of bits.”

A new bit has been part of the solution and he added, “I think the pace will be faster in the Met too, which will help.”

Oh Susanna’s set up with the bit is now similar to the one applied to Bela-Bela. Snaith also drew a comparison with Dancer’s Daughter, who many wrote off before the 2008 Vodacom Durban July as she had pulled hard when winning her previous outing in the Gold Challenge over 1600m at Clairwood. Dancer’s Daughter then settled beautifully in the July after the over-racing antic had been worked on in the build up.

Snaith was quoted after the Cape Fillies Guineas saying Oh Susanna tended to “take her races hard.” However, he is beginning to change his view on this one, particularly as he now knows just how classy she is.

He said, “The Paddock Stakes was her hardest race, make no mistake, so I have had to be quite careful. But horses with class can handle more and she is also maturing. I am testing all of her ability and am getting the feeling now she is the type of horse who can handle it.

“It is a big ask but the good news is that if they had gone ahead with the Met gallops we would have had to scratch her. She can’t do it all. Cancelling the gallops has helped a lot and given us the opportunity to run her.” – David Thiselton/Gold Circle.

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