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Busy getting acquainted with his new surroundings and new team as Darley’s private trainer, John O’Shea has named the Silver Shadow Stakes 2014 as the likely first-up run for one of his new stars Earthquake.
The super talented two-year-old crushed her juvenile season winning four of her five starts including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield back in February.
The Exceed And Excel filly was last seen running second when unable to get past Mossfun in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) run in the wet at Rosehill on April 5.
She’s an imposing horse and one O’Shea is confident can continue to win and win well in her upcoming three-year-old season.
“She is a very unassuming and (jockey) Kerrin (McEvoy) kept telling me that,” O’Shea told The Daily Telegraph last week.
“That is just her and I think she might have got under their guard a little bit by evidence of her odds ($6) at her first start.”
Her new campaign is likely to kick off in Sydney with Earthquake to resume at Royal Randwick in the $175,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) on the back of a trial her trainer has scheduled for about a fortnight.
“She will trial in about two weeks and then probably resume in the Silver Shadow Stakes,” O’Shea confirmed.
The sky really is then the limit for the former Peter Snowden-trained galloper who has already amassed over $1.57 million in earnings.
She’s in the mix for all the three-year-old majors both in Sydney and in Melbourne including both the Guineas at Caulfield on October 11.
A chance to go up against the boys in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) she pays $15 in the futures markets for that race led by Gai Waterhouse’s JJ Atkins winner Almalad ($9).
Held on the same day this spring is then the fillies’ race, the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) which Earthquake is currently the $5.50 favourite to win just ahead of Champagne Stakes winner Go Indy Go ($6.50).
There is also the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) before that at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, October 4, however O’Shea thinks she might be “too brilliant to go a mile.”
“But we will give her every opportunity to show what she can do,” he said.
She has also been entered for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13 along with Street Cry filly Memorial.
However neither will run if there is a colt in the field for the stable O’Shea said.
Those 2014 Golden Rose males could be Ghibellines, along with the undefeated pair Sarajevo and Meursault.
“Sarajevo is very promising and Meursault is a magnificent type,” O’Shea said.
“Ghibellines looks like a mile to 10 furlong (1600m-2000m) so he may go to the Golden Rose and then I will run him at Moonee Valley in the Stutt Stakes.”
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