Jan 04, 2016

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography.


Shotover River stamped himself as one of the better stayers in Queensland by easily accounting for his rivals in the 2200m Butler McDermott Lawyers Open Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. After jumping from a wide gate, jockey Luke Dittman, went forward to take up the running early in the race before handing it over and settling right behind the leaders. After obtaining and inside run from about the 600m mark, Dittman went for home and put a nice gap on the rest of the field turning for home and from there it was basically all over, as he maintained a 2 length margin all the way to the line.
" It was great to get another city winner for the owners the Heran Group, who have been tremendous supporters of ours. He is a tough little horse, just never stops trying and you know he will give a 100 percent every time he steps onto the track. We have been running him in some quality 1600m races, where he has raced extremely well, but his caper is over further and he showed that today. As usual the boys, (Chris, Dan and Paul), along with the rest of our dedicated staff have done a great job in getting him to where he is now. Commented John Meagher.
Chris Meagher was also full of praise for both horse and rider. "Luke (Dittman) know this horse inside out and he just runs well for him. As has been typical recently he did his homework and basically rode the perfect race from start to finish. He does not have much of a sprint but will keep going all day, so Luke used that to his advantage, getting the field off the bit well before home and was able to stroll home in the end."
"Today he again showed his prowess as a top quality stayer in Queensland terms, as he just put paid to that field easily. We will keep him at the longer journeys' now and there should be further good wins in him. Lukes' claim really helps, as he is not a big horse and always gets his fair share of weigh, so that definitely makes his task that little easier. He is the type of horse that is a pleasure to have around the stable as he is so laid back and just does whatever you ask of him." Commented co trainer Dan Meagher.