|Nigel Blackiston is
eyeing interstate riches with his bonny mare Shelbourne Lass after she scored an emphatic
win in today's $126,000 Tooheys New Plate (Group 3) over 1400 metres at Flemington.
A campaign in Brisbane or Adelaide, where she won her first Group
race last year, is on the card after today's Group triumph.
Among the races which could be on Shelbourne Lass' agenda
is the Stradbroke Handicap or Doomben Cup in Brisbane.
"We'd look at going
to either Brisbane or Adelaide. She's a quality mare who always seems to run well wherever
we take her," Blackiston said.
Blackiston said he was relieved the mare had returned to
her best form after what was a frustrating last preparation.
"Nothing went right last spring. Something just kept
going wrong so we gave a big long spell."
"Now she has come back bigger and stronger and much
more mature which is great," Blackiston added.
In today's race champion Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver had
the mare in a lovely position just off the pace before making a run shortly after the
eventual runner-up Ramano's Star had hit the front for a fleeting moment at the 250 metre
Spurn, which covered extra ground early from the outside
barrier, again finished well, making up good late ground to finish third, a half neck from
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