PHOTO – Group One-winning miler Shadows Cast. Photo: Peter Rubery (Race Images Palmerston North)
Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan will
again return to New Zealand Cup week at Riccarton next month with Group One winner Shadows Cast.
The son of Per Incanto will have his third tilt at the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m), a race that has held mixed fortunes for the seven-year-old.
“It has been a bit of a mixed bag,” Oulaghan said. “He won it two years ago (when dead-heating with Son of Maher) and last year he had a heart fibrillation and ran down the track.
“He seemed to bounce back from that pretty well and his form after that was good.”
That form included victories in the Gr.2 Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m) and Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) in his two subsequent starts.
That form has continued into the new season where he has posted a fourth-placing in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and fifth-placing in the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) after taking a front-running role.
“Both were good solid runs,” Oulaghan said. “I don’t think the pattern on the second day was suitable for him. He doesn’t have to lead and there was a lot of speed on in that race, but he stuck on okay.”