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Peter Snowden To Leave Darley In 2014

Peter Snowden is to end his tenure as head trainer for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley stable in Australia in 2014.

Peter Snowden
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Snowden Horseform, who took charge of the biggest stable in Australia in 2008 after it was purchased from the Ingham family by Sheikh Mohamed, has decided to start up his own stable in partnership with his son Paul.

Paul Snowden is currently in charge of Darley's Melbourne stable under his father's direction.

The Snowdens plan to start up their training partnership at Warwick Farm at the end of the 2014 Sydney autumn carnival in April.

Snowden and Darley today issued a joint statement confirming that their partnership would be coming to an end next year.

“It has been a rewarding six years and I am proud of all that we have achieved," said Snowden, who was head foreman under John Hawkes at Crown Lodge before the sale to Darley.

"It is the right time to move on with my son Paul and take on a new challenge. It is something we have always wanted to do.

“With an operation like this it is only fair that there is plenty of time for a transition.

"Sheikh Mohammed has provided me with an amazing opportunity and I will be forever grateful.

"When the time comes we will deal with the farewells but for now my focus is on producing results for Darley.”

Snowden has won two Sydney training premierships in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and has trained more than 775 Sydney metropolitan winners since he took charge of the Darley stable

He has been the leading trainer in Australia by wins four times and has won more than 1500 races around the country for Darley since 2008.

Darley’s managing director Henry Plumptre said, “Sheikh Mohammed is very grateful to Peter for his efforts since joining Darley.

"Peter’s record speaks for itself and we have been very fortunate to have him as our head trainer.

"His legacy will continue as we benefit from the offspring of champion colts Sepoy, Helmet and Denman.

“Peter has already amassed a formidable record for Sheikh Mohammed and Darley and he plans to add to that record between now and the end of the Sydney autumn carnival."

Plumptre indicated that transition plans were in place but gave no indication of when a replacement for Snowden will be announced.

He said Darley would take its time in appointing a replacement.

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