Shogun Sun rises to occasion in the big smoke
NATHAN EXELBY, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
August 5, 2017 3:16pm
KELLY Schweida’s fact-finding mission with Shogun Sun reaped dividends when he unseated a couple of boom gallopers at Randwick on Saturday.
Schweida felt Shogun Sun was unlucky not to win at Caloundra last start and had picked out Saturday’s 1200m benchmark race a while ago.
He is hoping Shogun Sun can furnish into a Golden Rose horse next month, but needed to see him measure up on Saturday before locking in the Group 1 tilt at Rosehill.
“It looked a perfect race for him,” Schweida said.
“It was really just to test the waters to see if he’s up to going down that path.
“If he couldn’t keep up (yesterday), it would have been a waste of time looking at the better races.
“He’s a big dumb horse and still six months away, but he’s jumped out of the ground this prep. He should have won at Caloundra and he would have been unlucky if he didn’t get the run (yesterday).”
Schweida said Shogun Sun would return home and possibly spend a week on the water walker before returning to Sydney for the Run to The Rose next month.
He may have another start before then.
“That is the right race for him, but in fairness, the good horses are going to jump out of the woodwork in the next few weeks,” he said.
“He’s a tough horse and after the Golden Rose I’m pretty keen to set him for the Magic Millions in January.
|Horse Name:||Shogun Sun|
|Bred by:||Owned by Jeff Maclean Racing|
|First Fives:||4 - 1:1:0|