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Brighthill Graduate Snapshot makes it 4 in a row
18 Oct 2015

A son of the four-time Group One winner Snap, Snapshot is part-owned by his breeder the Duchess of Bedford, who also raced Snap. Also among Snapshot's ownership group are All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and former All Black Ali Williams.

Richie McCaw and All Black coach Steve Hansen during a New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run at Millenium Stadium share a love of racing with both having shares in racehorses.

A snapshot of the All Blacks chances of beating France in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals this morning was unwittingly played out at the Rotorua  races yesterday.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw races a handy galloper called Snapshot, who made it four out of four when beating a strong field including Longchamp, a gelding named after the luxury French leather goods company.

Doubtless, Snapshot's unbeaten record is something McCaw and the All Blacks would love to emulate at the World Cup.

The son of Stravinsky looks something special and his effortless victory yesterday took his record to four wins from four starts.

Jockey Craig Grylls gave him an economical trip and had the audacity to allow the 5-year-old gelding to coast along under his own steam in the final stages.

No doubt McCaw would love beat the French as easily as Snapshot accounted for yesterday's strong field.

Patient Matamata trainer Graham Richardson has big plans for the horse who McCaw races with former All Black Ali Williams, Berri Schroder, Henrietta Duchess of Bedford and Will Rouse.

Grylls has no doubt Snapshot has the class to go to the top.

"We got a lovely trip and he's a genuine horse and wants to do it," Grylls said.

Snapshot with his Dam Snap foaled and raised at Brighthill Farm