Shoot Out & Rebel Raider Successful In Spring Carnival Racing

August 16th, 2010

Plenty of spring racing action took place around Australia over the weekend, but the highlight was undoubtedly the win by Shoot Out at Caulfield in the Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m).

Plenty of spring racing action took place around Australia over the weekend, but the highlight was undoubtedly the win by Shoot Out at Caulfield.

The High Caparral gelding sent a powerful message out to spring feature hopefuls, which was reiterated by trainer John Wallace shortly after the run.

Wallace has no doubts in his confidence the Australian Derby winner will come away the winner of the 2010 Cox Plate on October 23.

Shoot Out overcame a star-studded field in the 2010 JJ Liston Stakes to win by a long head, despite starting from the wide barrier. The victory backed up his opening spring win in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at the end of last month.

The Gold Coast-based trainer has hinted for the first time his four-year-old could be on target for an attempt at the 2010 Caulfield Cup/2010 Cox Plate/ 2010 Melbourne Cup treble.

What makes Shoot Out so much more impressive is that he is only 70 per cent fit according to Wallace. Having certainly proved his versatility winning over the sprint and staying distances makes the gelding an early target.

In other spring carnival action over the weekend, Rebel Raider returned to form with a win in the $115,000 Group Three Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville. It was the son of Reset’s first jump this season, and champion hoop Clare Lindop returned to the saddle.

Lindop guided her mount perfectly, keeping the five-year-old slightly off the pace until the final straight. She was able to let go, and Rebel Raider powered home to win by a length-and-three-quarters.

The impressive win stands the dual Derby winner in good stead when it comes to the 2010 Melbourne Cup final field. After being a late scratch from the race last year, co-trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas will hope to make a stronger impact this time around.