He’s had some luck aboard young horses so far this season and Blake Shinn hopes to continue the trend with David Hayes-trained debutant Shenron at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
(First race 12:45pm SA time)
The Australian has piloted Killer Bee and Shenron’s stablemate Harmony N Blessed to debut victories in 2020-21 as well as booting New Future (second start) and Zone D (third start) to maiden victories this campaign, while also snaring the Classic Mile aboard Excellent Proposal.
“I’ve had a bit of luck with them with wins on the likes of Killer Bee and Harmony N Blessed and it’s nice to get on another horse with some promise,” Shinn said.
“I’ve done a lot of work with Shenron in the mornings and trialled him his last two times and I think he’s a horse that’s quite talented. I expect him to run a good race – it’s always hard under lights at Happy Valley for their first time and he’s a young three-year-old, not a four-year-old. I think it’s advantageous for the young horses when they’re four, not three, but he’s definitely got something to offer.”
The promising type has put in two strong trial performances under Shinn, first over the Sha Tin straight 1,000m and then at the same trip at the city circuit, and the jockey knows he will have plenty of options from gate eight in the second section of the Class Four Larch Handicap (1,200m) at the midweek meeting.
“The good thing about the horse is that he’s shown he can be adaptable, going forward and leading like he did down the straight or going back from a wide barrier when we gave him a good education at Happy Valley,” Shinn said.
“That’s probably going to hold him in good stead on Wednesday night. I’m not sure what the plan will be with David Hayes, but either way – forward or back – the horse has shown he can cope.”
Three of Shinn’s 15 winners this campaign have come for Hayes and three of his four rides on Wednesday night are for the trainer, who has produced winners at all three meetings in April so far.
Shinn partners Sicomoro at his third start in the second section of the Class Three Cypress Handicap (1,200m) while Showina steps out for the third time in the first section of the Class Four Larch Handicap (1,200m).
Shinn rides Showina for the first time after the three-year-old ran sixth over the Sha Tin 1,000m under Matthew Chadwick on debut before finishing a length off victor Joyful Win over five furlongs at Happy Valley with Keith Yeung Ming-lun in the saddle last month.
“Showina’s two runs have been solid, his last run was a good run but we’ve drawn barrier 12 which makes it difficult,” Shinn said. “The horse is improving nicely and David’s horses are really starting to find their feet so it’s good to be teaming up with him and having a few rides for him.”
Shinn’s other ride for the evening comes aboard the Tony Millard-trained Even Keel in the first section of the Class Five Walnut Handicap (1,800m).