Shinju Faces New Test In Perth

12
Jul

Shinju will face his first test in Western Australia for new trainer Chris Gangemi when he tackles the Vale Bruno Tognini Handicap (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday.

The Written Tycoon three-year-old has not raced since winning his sole race for previous trainers Peter and Paul Snowden at Gosford last October.

At his seventh race start Shinju looked in trouble in the 1200m maiden after being at least six lengths from the leaders at the turn.

However, under the direction of jockey James McDonald, Shinju, who was heavily-backed, was able to launch a brilliant burst of speed over the final stages.

Gangemi is hoping for a replica performance when Shinju steps out for his first official appearance in Perth.

“He is a nice horse taking on older horses on Saturday,” Gangemi told The Races WA.

“He hasn’t trialed so might be a touch underdone, but we elected to go this way because he has drawn barrier two and has got 54.5 kg.

“His form over there was okay, but not in great company.

“He is a nice horse but will be better with a prep under his belt for us.

“He’s been working good and has no weight on his back.

“If he gets clear running in the straight he should be hard to hold out.”

Shinju is quoted a $5 chance with Tabtouch, firming from his opening quote of $5.50.

Glasgow Girl ($3.40) heads the market.

Metro Boy ($3.40), Daishio ($6), Route Eighty Eight ($7.50) and Finally French ($9.50) are also in single f

Shaun McGruddy has been booked to ride Shinju.

McGruddy and Gangemi will aim to end the week on a winning note after they successfully combined with The Fugazi (pictured) at Belmont on Wednesday.

Rebounding after a last-start failure earlier in February, the Sebring gelding, first-up this campaign, burst through to win a 1200m handicap by 1 ½ lengths.

“He is a nice horse who is a work in progress who is about 12-months off his top.

“He was a bit underdone, but got a soft run.

“Shooter (McGruddy) rode him a treat.”

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au