While Shoot Out finished ninth in his most recent racing endeavour, tarnishing his previously flawless first-up record at Randwick, his trainer is confident we will see an entirely different horse in this weekend’s All Aged Stakes.
Trainer John Wallace was delighted with Shoot Out’s form during his Tuesday morning gallop on the dirt at Randwick earlier in the week.
Wallace is now positive that we will see “a different horse” in this Saturday’s $400,000 All Aged Stakes.
“I was very happy with his work this morning, he worked like the Shoot Out of old,” Wallace said.
“And he’s definitely done well since his first-up run.
“With the way he worked I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t run a good race on Saturday.”
Shoot Out finished ninth out of 11 runners in the $1 million TJ Smith Stakes on April 9, 2011, in a race that saw Black Caviar win her 12th straight race.
“He’s in good order and I’m hopeful of a lot better race because I was a bit disappointed in his run first-up,” Wallace said.
“I think he just needed the run, he had a good blow afterwards, and I think he just got run off his legs as well.
“He raced like a stayer coming out of a Melbourne Cup, a horse like Shocking raced half the same early in his preparation in Melbourne too.”
Wallace believes that the All Aged Stakes will be much better suited to Shoot Out’s style of racing.
“This is a totally different style of race,” Wallace said.
“It’s not an easy race, but it’s a different style of race.
“They went lickety-split in the TJ Smith and they were too good for him over the 1200 metres.”
Wallace is hoping for a good result this weekend ahead of what he is hoping will be a successful winter campaign up north.
“I think you’ll find a different horse on Saturday and I just hope he keeps improving because his main goals are the races in Brisbane,” he said.