Victory books berth to Christchurch
Shadows Cast will head to Riccarton at the top of his game following a dominant performance to beat the open class sprinters on his home track on Saturday.
The Awapuni five-year-old booked his trip to the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup carnival with victory in the Courtesy Ford Redcraze Bowl (1400m).
|Shadows Cast Photo: Race Images Palmerston North|
“He’ll go down for the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile after that,” said trainer Mark Oulaghan, who has previously enjoyed Group success on the flat and prestige jumping wins on the South Island’s premier course.
Shadows Cast is now a $14 chance for the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) to be run on November 15.
The Per Incanto gelding, who is raced by Ron Cunningham, was making the second appearance of his current campaign on Saturday after finishing a first-up fifth at Hawke’s Bay in the Gr.3 Spring Sprint.
As opposed to his last preparation, Shadows Cast only made one appearance at that carnival.
“We took him to Hastings last year, but after three runs there he came to the end of it,” Oulaghan said.
“We’ve kept him a little bit fresher this time and he’s fit and healthy.”
Shadows Cast travelled comfortably near the pace and rider Alysha Collett brought him with a well-timed run in the straight for a comfortable victory.
In blinkers for the first time, Beefeater fought on gamely for second after making the running and he remains in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile mix at $26. – NZ Racing Desk.