Aug 03, 2015

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography.


After winning two weeks ago, Shotover River continued his winning ways, by easily accounting for his rivals in the Stanton Mienert Accountants BM85 handicap over 2200m at Doomben. In form apprentice, Luke Dittman, had the son of Savabeel perfectly placed throughout the race race before driving him through an inside gap in the straight, to score a comfortably victory.
" It was very pleasing to see him come out and do that again. He is a tough little horse and to be honest is built like a sprinter rather than a stayer, so it makes his effort more meritorious. I think that taking the blinkers off has made a world of difference, as he used to pull very hard, but now just relaxes. Having someone like like Luke available to ride him is also extremely helpful as the horse is right up in the weights and the 3 kg claim brings him right back into races like this. We might look at taking him down south, as there is not really that much around for him here at the moment. We did take him to Melbourne once before and he ran well but was probably not really there mentally at that stage. But the trip away certainly helped him a great deal." Commented Dan Meagher.
Co Trainer Chris Meagher was also impressed by the win. "He is racing really well at the moment and Luke rode him a treat. We are really glad that he has started to relax in his races now, as it makes a huge difference over these type of journeys'. A fair amount of credit must also to go our main riders Andy Kermond and Emma Jane Vincent as they have got him working really well."
" This win is terrific for the stable and all the hard work put in by everyone. We have had 7 runners this week, for three winners, three seconds and a third. It is also great for our long time supporters, Heran Racing, as they not only own this horse but also Shadow Doll who won at the Gold Coast today." Commented John Meagher