Impressive Aurie’s Star Handicap winner Shanghai Warrior will continue his journey to Group 1 racing when he lines up in the Group 3 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The Pat Hyland-trained sprinter has won five times from nine starts and is being aimed at both the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1200m) on September 30 and the Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 13.
Hyland has always rated the four-year-old highly and began his spring campaign early to ensure he would lift his rating and gain entry into top tier racing this spring.
“I’ve also had a big opinion of the horse,” Hyland said.
“I wanted to get into the big races and he hadn’t earned enough on his last preparation to get into the big races.
“So I wanted to get his rating up and he’s certainly done that in a hurry…I’ve always had the thought that we’d go to good races with him.”
After winning a three-year-old handicap at Warwick Farm at the end of last season, Shanghai Warrior produced an excellent performance in his first open company test to beat Golden Archer by a length in the Aurie’s Star.
The in-form gelding has been allocated 55kg for Saturday’s race which is 4kg less than highly-rated topweight Mosheen.
Mosheen will be having her first race of the spring following a throat operation and will be aimed towards the prestigious Cox Plate.
A strong nominations list of 23 horses was yesterday nominated for the Bobbie Lewis Quality that also includes the in-form Freereturn, Joe Pride-trained sprinter Title, Peter Moody’s One Last Dance and Queensland gelding Spirit Of Boom.
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