Top talent: Kerrin McEvoy eases Memorial to victory. Photo: Jenny Evans
Peter Snowden is already eyeing the Golden Slipper with Memorial after she kept her unbeaten record and gave Darley the juvenile winner with a filly for the fourth consecutive week, at Rosehill on Saturday.
The way Memorial has improved at each racing experience has Snowden planning her autumn in Sydney. And with $137,500 in stakes already in the bank she is almost assured a place in the Golden Slipper.
"This filly is definitely a contender," Snowden said. "Now she has had that second win there is no need to go to Melbourne, we can take our time and target the Slipper.
"There is a few dollars under her belt now, so we don't have to rush to get prizemoney to try and get her in. We have more than $90,000 behind us, so that is going to take us a long way later on."
It has been the rate of improvement that has staggered Snowden, and jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes she has more to give after romping to a 3¾-length win from Press Report, and Princess Zola was the same margin away in third. "She was OK to start with, but she has just improved a lot,'' Snowden said. ''From her trial to her first start was massive improvement and I think that run to this one, she has done it again. They are huge signs.
"For a two-year-old to show that much improvement is a great sign. They will usually improve a length or a neck. That was a quantum leap - for me, it was a three-length improvement."
Memorial was backed from $1.90 to $1.65 late in betting and will be sent for a spell. McEvoy believes she will be better again next year.
"She is probably not the complete package yet, she still has something to learn,'' he said. ''She hit the front cruising and felt like she has a lot more to give. Once she really switches on I think there is more improvement left in her, which sounds silly to say considering she is two from two."
Snowden does not like to compare his two-year-olds but it has been the fillies that have shone early in the season. The impressive Earthquake is already having a spell and will target the Blue Diamond.
"[Earthquake] showed a little bit more time-wise but it is really good to see them do that," the trainer said.