Aug 19, 2013
Shotover River continued his and his owners, Heran Racing, recent good form by winning the XXXX Gold C2 Handicap over 1636m at Ipswich.
Starting from an awkward barrier he was initially caught a little wide before jockey Ashley Butler was able to find a mid field position one off the rail. Commencing his run at the 500m mark, Butler took him around the outside to be sitting just off the leaders turning for home. Although he was pushed wider as they headed into the straight, he responded to some vigorous riding to get to the lead and hold on, winning by a short margin.
“It was a clever ride by Ashley as things really did not go as initially planned, so he had to change to plan “B”. It is always difficult to drop back in distance and I think the blinkers helped today. He is really starting to move through the classes now and I think there are more wins in store for him, especially over a middle distances” said Co trainer Chris Meagher.