Shadows Cast is making steady progress towards new season feature racing.
While Mark Oulaghan prepares for Upper Cut’s final Grand National Steeplechase lead-up in the Koral Steeplechase at Riccarton tomorrow, back at his Awapuni stable the flat star of his team is making steady progress towards spring racing.
Last season Shadows Cast dead-heated for first with Son Of Maher in the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at the New Zealand Cup carnival and in his most recent start he finished second in the Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac 1550 on his home track in Late April.
The Per Incanto gelding has been in work for more than a month, but Oulaghan warns that he is no certainty to go through with his nominations for the Gr. Tarzino Trophy and Windsor Park Plate on the first two days of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.
“He had a good spell and he’s coming along well but he’s yet to do any fast work,” Oulaghan said. “We thought we’d throw in an entry for the Tarzino and Windsor Park but we won’t be pushing him to get there.
“The other thing is I’m not so sure Hastings is his ideal track. He’s raced there a few times but his overall record there isn’t that flash.”
More likely targets are another attempt at the Coupland’s Mile and other features at that distance heading into summer.
“I’d be keen to take him back to Riccarton and then there are races like the Captain Cook Stakes in December, so we’ll just see how things pan out and take it from there.”
Upper Cut has a $7 Final Field quote for tomorrow’s Riccarton opening day steeplechase feature behind The Big Opal at $3.30, Wise Men Say ($3.50), Chocolate Fish ($4.50) and Amanood Lad ($6.80).
Foxton mare Red Sierra has held her place at the top of the Winter Cup market with a current quote of $5.50, ahead of fellow northerners Dez and She’s Poppy at $6, and local hope Elfee at $8.