Shoot Out Wins 2010 Randwick Guineas

March 15th, 2010

Improving three-year-old Shoot Out overcame a slow start and tough run to claim a powerful win in the $350, 000 Group 1 Turnpoint Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday, giving Gold Coast trainer John Wallace his first Group 1 victory in 28 years.

Shoot Out began as the odds-on favourite at $3, but looked uncertain to score after missing the start and then settling well back in the field before copping interference on the straight.

But the impressive High Chaparral gelding fought back for the win and defeated the Gai Waterhouse-trained Viking Legend ($12) by three quarters of a length with Captain Sonador ($12) claiming another third place in a Group status race just a short-neck away.

After a troublesome run, Shoot Out showed great determination and pulled out an extraordinary late burst to overtake three of his rivals in the closing stages of the race, after nearly falling at the 250m mark, to come away with the win.

Other fancied runners also had a poor run but were not able to fight back and make up the ground including sixth placegetter Monton ($7.50) who defeated Shoot Out last start in the Hobartville Stakes, and Sir Hallowell ($8) who finished a well beaten 12th.

Wallace had not won a Group 1 feature since 1982 when his filly Mother Of Pearl took out the Queensland Oaks.

Shoot Out has now won four of his nine career starts and Saturday’s victory elevated his career earnings to $549, 700.

He will next contest the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas on March 27 where Wallace will see how Shoot Out handles a run over 2000m before making a decision on whether to run his new stable star in the $1.3million AJC Derby (2400m) on April 10, or wait until the following week for the $1.5million Doncaster Handicap (1600m).

The bumper Randwick meeting on Saturday also included the $150, 000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) won by De Lightning Ridge, and the $125, 000 Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) where Hinchinbrook burst into Golden Slipper contention with their upset win.

2010 Randwick Guineas Results:

Place

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1
SHOOT OUT
John Wallace Stathi Katsidis
2
VIKING LEGEND
Gai Waterhouse Brad Rawiller
3
CAPTAIN SONADOR
Roger Milne Scott Seamer
4
ZABRASIVE (NZ)
John O’Shea Hugh Bowman
5
RUN FOR NAARA
John P Thompson Chris Munce
6
MONTON
Tim Martin Jay Ford
7
COSMOCRAT
Mick Price Blake Shinn
8
KIDNAPPED
Peter Snowden Joshua Parr
9
GATHERING
John P Thompson Jim Cassidy
10
HANKS
Peter G Moody Damien Oliver
11
DELAGO BOLT
Gary Portelli Nathan Berry
12
SIR HALLOWELL
David Harrison Patrick Carbery
13
INDIAN OCEAN
Tim Martin Tye Angland
14
MORE THAN GREAT
David Payne Brad Pengelly
15
LEICESTER SQUARE
Paul Messara Daniel Ganderton
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