Shannons Classic (1800m) at Caulfield is shaping as one of the feature races in Australia
for the weekend.
Despite today's scratching of Amalfi
the race has still attracted the top class performers like Ustinov, Royal Code, Don
Eduardo, All Courage, Grey Song and Zarek.
Thanks to the Melbourne Racing Club we are able to give you
the "trainer's view" on their respective chances in the rich event tomorrow.
USTINOV - Reg Fleming - Melbourne foreman for Bart Cummings
I am happy with the horse. He still has plenty of
improvement to come for later races, but I expect him to run well
ROYAL CODE - David Hall
Very happy with how he's trained on since the last run.
The 1800 metres should suit admirably as he is now getting into a distance range where he
is more comfortable.
ZAREK - Geni Gillis
Should run a very good race. He is better suited over a
little more ground and he finished off his last race very well, so the 1800 metres should
suit. His prospects will increase as the races he contests get longer.
ALL COURAGE - Lee Freedman
Trying him over a longer journey is a bit of an
experiment. He will gain further fitness from this race and I really think the longer trip
GREY SONG - Tommy Hughes
He was very disappointing last time. Did a lot of
things wrong - sat wide, overraced and laid out. He's in good shape and would need to run
up to his Norman Robinson form from the Spring. I've put a ring bit on and if ridden more
quietly this time, I'm hopeful he'll run well.
LEATHER LANE - Wayne Hawkes (Melbourne foreman for John
He should run pretty well. Was underdone last Saturday
after a seven week break, bit it was always the plan to back up in this race. He'll jump
and go forward and should be hard to beat.
DON EDUARDO - Lee Freedman
This is a harder race than last week's Schweppes Cup.
This may be a little short, but will keep him on course for his targets in Sydney. Bet
that's not to say he can't win on Saturday.
BALLESTEROS - Leon Corstens
We're flying high here. It will give us a good guide as
to where we're at with him. You never give up hope, bit I'm only hopeful at best about
MANANG - Lee Freedman
I don't expect her to trouble the colts here. She is
preparing for the Oaks in Sydney and this race is an important part of her lead up.