Two Go Racing headliners are kicking off their spring campaigns across the Tasman.
Passing Shot will have his second start in Melbourne on Saturday with seasoned trainer Stephen McKee predicting an improvement from his first start.
“He will improve for his fresh up run in the Listed Carlyon Stakes over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley where he shot to the front but faded. This race, a handicap also at Moonee Valley, should suit him better as should the 1200 metres. He is far better off in weight, dropping from 58 kilos to a comfortable 54.5 kilos. He galloped well on Tuesday morning and his first up nerves and stress from the trip have settled.”
He will shortly be joined by stablemate What’s the Story (and very near NZ Derby winner) given his performance at the Avondale trials on Tuesday.
In wet conditions, which he does not favour, he jumped reasonably well but drifted back. However his action was beautiful and he made up good ground in the straight which really signalled the way to Melbourne.
“The aim of the trial was to bring his fitness on and tell us if he is keen to compete. He’s very fired up and had a go at me this morning so we can be confident his competitiveness is there!”
His stroppy nature is why Savabeel entires are such a rare but valuable commodity. The team are hoping his Australian campaign will only increase that value.
The Avondale trial paves the way for his campaign. He will initially race on the 10th September at Ruakaka in a rating 85 1400 metres before travelling to Melbourne to race on the 24th of September at Caufield in an open 1700 metres. Following that he is likely to start in the Cranbourne Cup over 2025 metres on the 9th of October worth A$300,000.
Says Stephen, “If he is flying after those two races, then the Cox Plate is two weeks later on the 22nd of October, which is his major mission for this campaign.”