Peter Snowden has quit as Head Trainer of the powerful Darley operation, and will begin his own stable with son Paul at the conclusion of the Sydney Autumn Carnival in 2014.
Snowden took on the role of Head Trainer for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in 2008, and has enjoyed a number of big race wins, the biggest coming with champion sprinter Sepoy in the 2010 Golden Slipper.
“It has been a rewarding six years and I am proud of all that we have achieved,” Snowden said in a media release from 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.”
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,” said Plumptre.