OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Dec 08, 2014
Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography.
Shadow Doll broke her duck, by impressively winning the 1400m Bank of Queensland Mooloolaba Maiden Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. Ridden by apprentice jockey Sairyn Fawke, she settled towards the rear of the field, before being bought with a well-timed run in the straight to hit the front close to home, scoring by half a length.
“She has been a bit of a problem child and our senior track rider Andy Kermond has put a great deal of work into her, in an endeavour to sort out her racing manners. She was still a little erratic and shifted out considerably when Sairyn tried to get her into some clear running turning for home and in the straight she ran about a bit as well. But he did a great job to get her up in the end. It was also good to win another race for Heran Racing, especially considering Shotover River was just beaten at Doomben.” Commented Dan Meagher
Chris Meagher was also happy with the performance of the horse. “It was very good to see her put her best foot forward today. She is a nice mare and will get better as she gets over more ground. I can see her as an 1800m type of horse in the future, but she just needs to sort out her little quirks to be able to do that. Sairyn did a great job, as she is not the easiest horse to ride. Being our apprentice and having an intimate knowledge of our horses makes life a bit easier, as nothing will usually happen that is a surprise on race day.”
“It was a good weekend for the stable as we had a win, a second, a third and a fifth from our four runners, so that was most pleasing. So a good start to the month overall and we have some nice chances coming up, so let’s hope things continue in this vein.” Commented John Meagher