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August 09, 2015 09:02:28 UK
Shiraz defeated Play Master by the narrowest of margins in Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington and will now be aimed at next month’s Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
Ridden by Damien Oliver, it was Shiraz’s first trip to Melbourne after starting his career in Dubbo with Peter Nestor.
Nestor told the owners he was a city galloper who should be sent to fellow trainer Tony McEvoy, who has now completed three consecutive victories with him.
McEvoy’s Sydney foreman Barry Wintle said it was an amazing effort from Shiraz in his first start interstate and down the Flemington straight.
He looked beaten at the 100m and he just wants to win, this horse, and this is what he just keeps doing.
“He has just come on leaps and bounds, mainly from maturity, and is so tough and he looked beaten at the 100m and he just wants to win, this horse, and this is what he just keeps doing,” he said.
“And Tony has just learned how to train him well now. He’ll improve a hell of a lot down the straight next time, which will probably be the Bobbie Lewis which Tony has got pencilled in for him so today was just a bit of a look and it was good for him.”
However it was a bad day for dual Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust, who was never in with a winning chance and plodded over the line in seventh.
Jockey Brad Rawiller said Trust In A Gust was given a good horse’s weight and admitted they expected better.
“It is just a bump in the road and he is a champion horse, a multiple Group 1 winner who just didn’t have his day today,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kawi is 4.50 to land the Makfi Challenge Stakes later this month with Ryan Mark 6.00 and Puccini currently a 11.00 chance.
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