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Switzerland Superb in Todman

Pencarrow principal Sir Peter Vela’s hopes of back-to-back wins in the A$5m Group One Golden Slipper (1200m) received a boost at Randwick on Saturday from exciting colt Switzerland (Snitzel).

The rising star of the Chris Waller stable scored a brilliant win in the A$300,000 Group Two UNSW Todman Stakes (1200m) and will take an unblemished record into the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 23.

An easy winner on debut on January 27 and victorious again in the Pierro Plate (1100m) on February 17, Switzerland faced a tougher challenge on Saturday but showed that he was well and truly up to it.

Positioned in fifth spot by jockey James McDonald, the colt quickened smartly in the straight to dash past the leaders and score by just under a length.

“He's a proper little racehorse,” McDonald said. “He just turns up and does his job. He's so economical, he's got the best attitude and that takes him a long way.

“He surprised me today. I thought that was an extremely good field and he won with a bit of authority in the end. I felt like I was really building to my top level right at the end, so he sustained a great gallop and he's definitely the one to beat in the Slipper.”

Switzerland’s perfect three-start, three-win career has so far earned A$382,000 in stakes. Sir Peter Vela shares ownership with Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Joe Poulin, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, Aristia Park Bloodstock and Chris Waller.

Switzerland is by four-time champion Australian sire Snitzel and is the first named foal out of the Canadian-bred mare Ms Bad Behaviour (Blame), who won at Grade Three and Listed level and was a Grade Two placegetter. Ms Bad Behaviour is a half-sister to two stakes winners, and her dam Cumulonimble (Stormy Atlantic) was also a multiple black-type winner.

Switzerland was bought by Tom Magnier for A$1.5m from Arrowfield Stud’s draft at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale last year.