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Friday, January 8, 2010
Shoot Out takes aim at MM Trophy
'I'm not frightened of
anything in the race.'
Trainer JOHN WALLACE
In the hot seat . . . Shoot Out's rider
Stathi Katsidis. Photo: Getty Images
GOLD COAST horses have not had a
lot of luck in the big races on Magic
Millions day but it doesn't worry
John Wallace with Shoot Out.
The gelding, by high-profile sire
High Chaparral, is a horse that
changes things, and Saturday's
$1 million Magic Millions Trophy for
three-year-olds is the next target.
''I'm not frightened of anything in
the race,'' Wallace said. ''He has been
set for it and is ready to run the 1400
metres. I think he will eventually get
over a mile-and-a-half but this race
has been our goal since he came back.
''I know Coast horses haven't
w on it, but we've probably never
had the right horse and this bloke is
the right horse.''
Shoot Out started his career dur-
ing the winter carnival last year in a
blaze of glory. He won a Gold Coast
maiden by 51G4 lengths before suc-
cessfully taking the leap to the
group 2 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes
over 1400 metres only two weeks
later, which didn't surprise Wal-
lace. He was then sent out favourite
for the group 1 TJ Smith but a torrid
run on a heavy track meant he fin-
''We always knew he was a good
horse but I have never done what I
did with him, going from a maiden
to the Sires,'' Wallace said.
''He had worked with all my good
horses before he won his maiden,
but you still don't think they can do
what he did.''
Wallace is lucky to have the
three-year-old in his stable. A cli-
ent asked him to look at the son of
High Chaparral at the sales. He
liked what he saw and gave the
green light to buy the yearling,
which only cost $15,000.
''I didn't know a lot about the sire
but this client of mine was very
keen on them,'' Wallace said. ''She
asked me to have a look at him and
there was nothing wrong with him.
She bought a few horses at the sale
but this bloke was the cheapest and
fortunately she gave me him to
train. He was as cheap as chips,
considering what he has gone on to
do so far.
''She has another trainer, who
got the others she bought, but I'm
happy with him.''
Shoot Out is topweight under the
set weights and penalties condi-
tions with 57 kilograms after his
Sires' win and is likely to give his
rivals a bit of a start.
His style of racing is to get back in
the field and unwind with a power-
ful burst, which might not be suited
to the tight Gold Coast course, but
Wallace believes jockey Stathi
Katsidis will get the job done.
Katsidis has been on Shoot Out
for his two runs since a spell, a sixth
over 1200 metres when resuming
on December 12 before he just
failed to run down Graceful Anna in
the group 3 Vo Rogue Plate at
Doomben on Boxing Day.
At his last start he looked like a
horse that would get better with
more ground and connections plan
a crack at the AJC Australian Derby
in April. ''We have not done a lot
with him between his two runs to
keep him fresh because he is going
to get over a lot more ground than
this [race],'' Wallace said. ''He raced
a bit keen at Doomben and I think
he will be a lot more relaxed in this
and I can see him being midfield.
''We just need the breaks to come
our way, like everyone, and we have
the right man on top to do that.
''Stathi is the best around up here
and knows the horse.
''I think he will make a Derby
horse and we are looking to go to
Sydney with him for the Hobart-
ville, Randwick and Rosehill
Guineas before the Derby, if every-
thing goes to plan.''
Wallace has cut back his num-
bers in recent times to 30 horses
but will go to the Gold Coast's
biggest day with three runners. La
Bella Luisa will start in the Magic
Millions Fillies and Mares Handi-
cap over 1300m, while Hindsight is
in the last, the Country Cup.
''The other two are each-way
chances and should run well, but
Shoot Out is my best hope,'' Wal-
''Magic Millions is a day you want
to have runners because the money
is so good, and I think I have the
right horses in the right races.''
Hickman's hoping there's room for improvement
Sharp . . . Rubinda claims the Razor Sharp in 2008. Photo: Jenny Evans
RUBINDA hasn't won for more than
a year and trainer Greg Hickman is
trying a few things in effort to have
the seven-year-old find his best in
the AJC Members Handicap at
Randwick on Saturday.
The son of Rubiton, which won the
2008 Razor Sharp Handicap, has
struggled at three runs since
returning from a long spell and will
be stepping up to a seemingly
unsuitable 1300 metres.
''He has always raced like this trip
would suit him but everytime we
have tried him at it he has failed,''
Hickman said. ''His style of getting
back and charging home should suit
this race and hopefully with the help
of a few things we have been trying
he'll be in the finish.
''Sometimes my horses race
themselves into fitness and if that is
the case with him, I would expect an
improvement on Saturday.''
Warwick Farm trainer Toby
Edmonds calls Centover an over-
achiever but believes he is set for
wins on Magic Millions day in
consecutive years at the Gold Coast
The six-year-old caused a
surprise in the Country Cup last
year and will again be at double-
figure odds when he steps up to the
$250,000 Stayers Cup over
1800 metres this time around.
''We have set him for this race,''
Edmonds said. ''We tried to place
him so he gets in on the limit and it
has worked out.
''His four runs have been good
this time in and I think the 1800
metres shouldn't be a problem for
Centover has made the most of
his opportunities throughout his
career, winning three on end,
including the Magic Millions
Country Cup, over the festive period
last year and then followed up with
success in the Tamworth Cup.
''He started out as a very average
horse, to be honest,'' Edmonds said.
''He had that purple patch of form
and should have won the Scone Cup
with any luck last year.
''I don't think there are many
horses in the field on Saturday that
would have been competitive in a
race of that quality.
''After [the Scone Cup] we looked
at this race because we knew he
could handle the track, so we have
designed his program to be at his
top for this race.''
Controversial apprentice Daniel
Ganderton has been suspended for
two months by Queensland stewards
on a running and handling charge for
his ride on Deer Valley at the Gold
Coast last Saturday.
It is another huge blow to the
21-year-old, who returned to race
riding on New Year's Day following a
long lay-off after he broke his leg in
a fall at Newcastle in September.
He was charged with failing to
take all permissible measures to
obtain the best finishing position on
Deer Valley, which, as favourite,
went back to last out of the gates
before running sixth to
Stewards focused on Ganderton's
lack of vigour between the 500m
and 350m and found him guilty after
hearing evidence from the filly's
trainer Steele Ryan and the
Ganderton will be able to ride Deer
Valley in the $1 million Magic Millions
Trophy on Saturday before starting
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