John Wallace’s impressive three-year-old Shoot Out is on his way to the riches of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, where the Queensland galloper will be aimed at the Cox Plate and the time-honoured Melbourne Cup.
Proving to be one of Australia’s best stayers, High Chaparral gelding Shoot Out enjoyed a terrific autumn campaign that culminated with a win in the Group 1 AJC Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 10.
Following his sensational Derby performance, Shoot Out was sent for a spell and has now almost finished preparations for the spring. Shoot Out will be back on the track at the end of the month when he contests his final race as a three-year-old in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Wallace is keen to give Shoot Out a testing end of year crusade, with the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 23 at Moonee Valley and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 2 at Flemington his two major targets.
Now fit and strong after his spell Shoot Out, who is again due to be ridden by in-form hoop Stathi Katsidis throughout the spring, has been booked to race every fortnight following his Bletchingly Stakes run.
Wallace has pencilled in the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) as preparatory runs heading towards the Cox Plate.
Shoot Out, purchased for a mere $15,000 at the Magic Millions by owners Graham and Linda Huddy, has enjoyed a very successful career to date winning five of his 11 race starts for a lucrative $1,364,200 in prizemoney.
This year the Melbourne Cup will celebrate its 150th anniversary and will be worth a record $6 million.