Shamal Wind to Target Group 2 Sprints Through Spring

A notable performer over just four competitive starts through autumn, Shamal Wind completed an impressive barrier trial at Victoria’s Caulfield Racecourse on Tuesday morning and will be set for a similar campaign to that which she contested over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

Shamal Wind will target second-tier sprints through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival

Shamal Wind will target second-tier sprints through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping to the lead early in this morning’s barrier trial, Shamal Wind quickened over the Caulfield straight to find the line well and truly in the clear of her closest rival, pleasing the team of trainer Robert Smerdon.

Assistant trainer to Smerdon, Stuart Webb said Shamal Wind is likely to complete another trial before returning to competitive racing at Caulfield on September 20th; targeting the Group 2 Perri Cutten Sprint (1100m) on October 18th and Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

“She’ll take good improvement out of today’s jumpout,” Webb told Racing Victoria.

“She was asked to have a very easy trial and without letting her head go she was still in front on the line.

“She’s looking good and her attitude is great.”

Returning to racing with a comfortable victory in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m) during the spring of 2013, Shamal Wind was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fifth in the Group 3 Sportingbet Series Final (1200m) on October 12th, but returned to blistering form when finishing second to subsequent Group 1 champion Spirit Of Boom in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) in October most notably.

Winning both the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) and Braybrook Handicap (1000m) over autumn, as well as claiming mid-pack finishes in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m), Shamal Wind has proven ability amongst classy competition in major sprint events, and is more than capable of further success through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

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