Jul 14, 2014

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography.


Shotover River further enhanced his growing reputation as a stayer in the making by accounting for his rivals in the 2100m Wayne Wilson Memorial (BM85) at Doomben.

Starting from a middle gate, Ashley Butler was able to allow the son of Savabeel to roll out of the barriers and take up a perfect mid field position, before pulling wide rounding the home turn and fighting all the way to the line for a hard fought win.

“Every time we raise the bar, he just steps up and takes it in his stride. He is not a big horse, but is all heart and never stops giving. In that sense he is an absolute pleasure to train, as you always know he will give 100%. Ashley rode a terrific race on him today and was patient enough to wait until turning for home before asking him for an effort. He has basically gone from a Maiden to a Class 6 horse since we have had him and there are plenty more wins in store for him, especially over the staying distances.” Commented Dan Meagher

It was also a great welcome home present for Chris Meagher who had only just arrived back from an overseas holiday. “I must be the lucky charm, basically jumping off the plane and walking into the winners stall. Everyone has done a great job with this horse and he just keeps improving every time he goes to the races. Heran Racing have been great supporters of ours and it is nice to see their horses doing well and winning city races.”

“I love training stayers and the beauty of them is that once they find their form the tend to keep it and that is exactly what this fellow has done. He just loves racing and never stops trying. We threw him in the deep end last start and he ran a fantastic race in the Tatt’s Cup, so with him stepping down in class today we were pretty confident of him winning.” Commented John Meagher