Sydney filly Snitzerland proved too strong for the colts and geldings again in taking out the Group 2 $220,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington today.

Snitzerland and Stralia

Snitzerland (inside) proved too strong in the Danehill Stakes. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Snitzerland, who ran second to Pierro in the Group 1 $3.5m AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on April 7 and has carried that top form into the Spring scoring her second win since a spell.

Top jockey Damien Oliver elected to take a sit behind the leaders down the Flemington straight and was forced to ease across heels back to the inside of Stralia and the two had a hard fought battle right to the line.

Oliver had to extract everything out of the Snitzel filly to draw away over the last fifty metres to score by a long neck.

Snitzerland was always very short in the betting and went to the post as the $1.30 favourite after consistent support and got the job done.

Trainer Gerald Ryan will stick to his plan and keep Snitzerland in Melbourne and head towards the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 3.

“She won. There’s was a couple of big strong colts, she got the job done, that’s what we come here to do,” Ryan said.

“She can run sectionals and she can quicken. She will go back to fillies’ races now.”

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