Emerging spring star Firebolt scored an explosive victory in the $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday, the New Zealander galloper leaving its rivals far behind with a brilliant late burst.
The Roger James-trained five-year-old Firebolt ($11) had a hard run in the 2010 Shannon Stakes, pushed out wide after jumping from barrier 13.
Stuck on the outside, Firebolt speared across the field and charged into the lead after straightening, pulling away in an impressive display to beat David Payne’s Centennial Park ($5) by a decisive three and a half lengths with Sacred Choice ($9) a long head away third.
After sitting at or near the lead early on, Neeson the $3 favourite faded to finish sixth.
The victory has seen Firebolt burst into contention for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 2, leap-frogging in the early markets at Sportsbet into the fifth elect at $11 behind joint favourites More Joyous and Neeson at $5.
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2010 Shannon Stakes Results
|1||FIREBOLT (NZ)||Daniel Ganderton||$11|
|2||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||Brenton Avdulla||$5|
|3||SACRED CHOICE||Tommy Berry||$9|
|8||ONCE WERE WILD||Glyn Schofield||$6|
|9||NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ)||Corey Brown||$71|
|13||KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ)||Jim Cassidy||$26|