European import books Autumn carnival ticket

The humid Sydney weather might have been a new experience for European import Huetor, but it had no impact on his performance with the exciting stayer posting another win.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding remains undefeated in three Australian starts after digging deep to chase down Lord Ardmore in Saturday’s Precise Air Handicap (2000m) at Randwick.

With Sydney turning on a steamy summer’s day, the French-born five-year-old sweated up pre-race but Peter Snowden said he was never overly concerned given the horse’s demeanour.

“I wasn’t worried because he wasn’t nervous with it and shaking, he just felt hot,” Snowden said.

“He has only been here a few months so the fact he is doing what he is doing tells us we might have a nice horse on our hands.”

Huetor ($3.20 fav) was again one of the last to jump but travelled sweetly for Kerrin Mcevoy in the run.

He found himself in an awkward position at the top of the straight and faced a task to run down Lord Ardmore ($3.90), who had kicked clear, but showed a tremendous will to win to nail him by a short head.

Born A King ($4.60) was another 2-1/2 lengths away.

“He is a Group Three or Group Two horse. He could probably go a bit further,” McEvoy said.

“‘JMac’s’ horse (Lord Ardmore, James Mcdonald) was off and running so it was a good, tough effort to reel him in.

“He has now won his first three starts here and I can’t wait to see him in autumn.”

Snowden confirmed Huetor would have a short break before returning for a shot at better races.

The horse is a winner up to 2400 metres in France and looks likely to be extended out in journey next campaign.

“He definitely wants further now. He’s really looking for that 2400 metres, but he has done a terrific job,” Snowden said.

“He is very clean winded. He is a real athlete and I just like that turn of foot that he has. He can sustain a long run and that is gold for a stayer.”

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