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Shrug is racing at Moruya tomorrow in Race 7. She had a solid final hit out on Saturday morning (video above) and we are confident that she will run well tomorrow.
Shrug is entered to race at Goulburn on Friday (Race 8 at 4:40pm). The race is a BM58 over 1600m and Blaike McDougall is riding her from barrier 1. It is really important for Shrug that there is adequate speed in the race to allow her to settle early. She should be able to get smothered up quickly from barrier 1 and if they run along early, she should be finishing off strong.
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Shrug is racing at Sapphire Coast on Sunday in the BM66 1608m (race 4 at 3:00pm). It is a step up in grade and there are a few good horses in the field but a number of the other runners are not currently in good form and Shrug has been working well at home. She has a new jockey with Aaron Sweeney taking the ride so if she can settle, we expect her to be in the finish.
The video below is her trail ride on Wednesday (she is following).
Shrug has been working well towards Moruya races on Friday. The video above is her gallop this morning. There is a possibility she will be balloted due to the large nominations and may have to look for another race in early July.
Shrug races on Thursday at Moruya in Race 5 at 3:05pm (BM58 over 1650m).
She has been kept fresh since her good 2nd place run at Sapphire Coast just over a week ago. She will be ridden by Kayla Nisbet from barrier 12 carrying 55kg.
Shrug returns to the races on Sunday at Canberra in the Class 1 1000m (Race 8 at 5:50pm). She will be ridden by Shaun Guymer and she has barrier 1.
She has bounced back from her first up run and is working well going into Sunday’s race.
Shrug had her first jumpout for the prep this morning at Moruya (video above). She has only done a couple of gallops at trackwork so she was a bit puffed when she won her heat. We are very happy with how she is coming along and we will decide over the next few days if she needs a second jumpout or if she will go racing.
Shrug’s return to training was interrupted by the bush fire evacuation but she is doing 3/4 pace now and is nearly ready to jumpout.
After running a number of placings, Shrug claimed her maiden victory at Sapphire Coast last week. She has been haunted by hard luck stories every run this prep but she was able to stay out of trouble and with a brilliant ride from Jess Taylor, she won pulling away from the field. She is tiny but very tough for a three year old filly. We have decided to send her to the paddock for a break and she will be back at the beginning of December.
Shrug races on Thursday at Sapphire Coast (Race 2 at 2:35pm). Her final sprint up video from Tuesday is above. Jess Taylor will be riding her and although she didn’t draw a great barrier, it is not so important from the mile start where there is long straight run.
No Emotion had his final hit out this morning before he races at Canberra on Friday (he is on the outside, rider in orange, in the video above). He worked to the line nicely with Shrug under a tight hold.
Little Shrug had a nice gallop this morning on the course proper (video above). She has come through her last race very well and has shown a lot of resilience even though she is a young filly. She will aim to race again at Sapphire Coast on the 31st of October.
Shrug steps up in distance tomorrow when she races in the Maiden 1310m at Moruya (Race 7 at 4:50pm). She had an extremely unlucky run last race and still managed to finish off well so we think she should have a good performance tomorrow.
Malachi Crunch and Shrug galloped together on Tuesday morning, working up the last two furlongs in:
Both horses are nominated to race at Moruya on Sunday. It will be Malachi Crunch’s first attempt at stepping up to 1425m.
Shrug will have her first start for our stable when she races on Tuesday at Moruya in the Maiden 920m (Race 4 at 2:45pm). Patrick Scorse will be riding her from barrier 7 with 55kg.
She has only had the one jumpout but she finished off very well and her track gallops since the jumpouts have been good (video above is her gallop on Tuesday morning). We plan to settle her from the gates and see her working home in the finish.
Shrug had her first jumpout for us at Moruya this morning. She was speedy but had a good blow afterwards. We will see how she is over the next few days before deciding if we give her another jumpout on the 8th of August or race her over 900m on the 6th at Moruya.
The rider’s comments are recorded on the video above.
Shrug started pace work on the grass this week. The video above is her 3/4 pace on Saturday morning. She is coming along well and best of all, her feet have been perfect since she returned from the spelling paddock.
She is aiming to jump out on the 23rd of July.
Shrug is back at the stables and has done a few mornings of cantering. She had to spell for a couple of months to give her feet a break. All the bruising in her feet appears to have grown out and she has been perfectly sound since returning to work.