Class galloper Shoot Out returned to racing in cracking fashion with a brilliant win in the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Shoot Out and Hugh Bowman beat stable companion Rangirangdoo in the George Main Stakes, picture sportpix.com.au
Last preparation, Shoot Out won the Chipping Norton Stakes before placing in the Ranvet Stakes and Doncaster Mile. Since then he has trialled strongly on three occasions leading into Saturday in readiness for a first up crack at the 1600m.
Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Shoot Out travelled in fourth place on the run, sitting behind Somepin Anypin (Ford) who led the field along. Rangirangdoo (NZ) (Rawiller) sat outside the leader. Favoured runners Secret Admirer (Brown) and All Too Hard (Munce) sat two and three back in the running line respectively.
Approaching the turn Bowman pushed off the fence and got onto Rangirangdoo’s back before hooking three wide on the point of the turn in readiness for the run to the line. Shoot Out levelled up to Rangirangdoo by the 300m as Somepinanypin dropped off and that pair pulled away from the rest of the field.
Head to head the two went, Rangirangdoo held the initial advantage but Shoot Out put his nose in front and over the final half furlong edge clear of his stablemate to score a comfortable win. Secret Admirer and All Too Hard made good ground down the outside but the race was over and they were fighting for minor money.
At the line the margin was a neck to Rangirangdoo with two and a half-length to Secret Admirer in third place. The overall time was 1.36.40 with the last 600m run in 35.11.
“These horses, we don’t know enough about them,” Waller said. “It is very hard to get a good horse, we say we get them fit for a race but they probably get themselves fit.
“We thought this horse was 90% fit today but horses like this show that is just a myth, they don’t know how to get beaten. (Rangirangdoo) was the same he is an eight-year-old, very gallant, beaten by a horse in his prime.
“Blinkers fire a horse up, I thought he was a touch keen in the Doncaster with them on and we were first up today, you need to be tractable in a big race and he was today, winkers were the right call.
“We had to get today out of the way, we had to make sure he came back, obviously we will be looking towards Melbourne if we can.
“I think he has got a pretty good weight in the Epsom considering his class, More Joyous is the top weight and compressed them a little which has helped him and I reckon there will be a few below him who will be worried if he is going to run or not.”
“There is no bottom to him,” Bowman said.
Bowman salutes as he returns on Shoot Out, picture sportpix.com.au
“I see Nash Rawiller was up to his old tricks, he just travelled over the rise and I had to get into my bloke to make up the ground.
“I thought when (Rawiller) lets the other bloke go he will find but I think I have enough up my sleeve and then he couldn’t get back past me and then I was really confident.
“As the line drew closer, I drew further away. They are two wonderful horses and it is a privilege to ride him.
“He is (a fresh) horse, this is his trip and I think sometimes we get carried away wasting runs over shorter trips, Chris has done a great job and it is a credit to the whole team.”
Shoot Out is by High Chaparral (IRE) out of Pentamerous (NZ) and is owned by G L Huddy & Mrs L F Huddy. His record now improves to nine wins and 10 minors from 30 starts and prizemoney totalling $2,848,950.