Craig Newitt rides Isabella Snowflake to victory in the Superior Food Services Handicap.CAULFIELD WRAP
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ONE of the most impressive winners yesterday and certainly one with the strangest name was Isabella Snowflake, who is now unbeaten in two runs and is heading for a stakes race at Flemington on Oaks day.

Co-breeder Craig McDonald explained how a filly by Not A Single Doubt out of Tiamo Baby could have such a name, and he gave all the credit to his daughter, Caitlyn. ”We were driving out to see the horse one day and I said, we’ve got to come up with a name for her, and my daughter Caitlyn was very keen on calling her Isabella,” he said.

”I told her that she had a star on her forehead, but when Caitlyn saw her she said it wasn’t a star, it was a snowflake. So there was the name, Isabella Snowflake.”

The filly, who won on debut at Flemington in June, jumped straight to the front yesterday as the $2.45 favourite and strolled home to win by three lengths.Daring Boss is rewarded

GLEN Boss proved again that he was the in-form rider of the spring when he surged further in front on the jockeys’ premiership after a brilliant ride on Ava’s Delight to win the BMW Handicap.

Boss, who leads the Melbourne premiership by five winners over reigning champion Luke Nolen, made a lightning mid-race move on the filly yesterday from back in the field to sit outside the leader before kicking clear on straightening and holding off the favourite, Super Cool.

”She wasn’t going to win from back there with that tempo, so I took off and made something happen,” Boss said. ”Fortunately, I had the horse to do it.”Dwyer, Rodd back in vogue

IT HAS been nine years since Michael Rodd claimed the Magic Millions Classic on Regimental Gal for trainer Shaun Dwyer, and the trainer, who is now based in Bendigo, suspects the pair might enjoy similar results with filly Villa Verde, who won the Debutants Stakes on debut.

”I haven’t had a horse like her since Reggie [Regimental Gal], probably,” Dwyer said. ”Pre-race she’s showed me a lot more than Reggie but potential and performance can be two different things.”

Villa Verde ($15) sat third before sprinting clear to win.Free Wheeling towards Emirates

THE Darley team yesterday produced a group 1 contender when Free Wheeling returned to racing with a commanding win in the Hair And Beauty Stakes.

Trainer Peter Snowden said that as the horse raced in Queensland during the winter, it was decided to give him a three-race spring program, culminating with the $1 million group 1 Emirates Stakes.

”I think he’s in for a good prep judging on that effort,” Snowden said. ”He’ll go to 1400 metres on Victoria Derby day and then back up a week later into the Emirates.”

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