Shinn Unfazed by wide Darwin Cup Draw for Cantonese

August 4, 2014

Shinn Unfazed by wide Darwin Cup Draw for Cantonese

Yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in this afternoon’s featured Darwin Cup (2000m), jockey Blake Shinn is confident a wide barrier draw will not affect the chances of notable stayer Cantonese.

Jockey Blake Shinn is confident of Darwin Cup success for Cantonese, despite a wide barrier draw

Jockey Blake Shinn is confident of Darwin Cup success for Cantonese, despite a wide barrier draw. Photo: Steve Hart

Returning to racing in less-than convincing form via sixth in the QBE Cup (1200m) first-up on June 14th and ninth in the Roant Gold Cup (1300m) on June 28th, Cantonese has seemingly reversed his run of form leading into the 2014 Darwin Cup with second in the well-contested Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m) and third amongst classy competition in the Sky Racing Metric Mile (1600m) in his two most recent appearances.

Confident in success in what will be his first ever appearance on a Northern Territory racecourse, Shinn said there are several positives to be taken from the Redoute’s Choice gelding’s draw of barrier 13 for the Darwin Cup.

“I’ve looked at his recent runs and I can find positives from the barrier,” Shinn told AAP.

“He drew one last time and was crossed early. From barrier thirteen hopefully he can use his speed and get across and get a good run.

“It’s my first visit to the Top End and I have two rides for Neil. I have ridden for him before and it would be nice to win a good race for him.

“I got the ride on Cantonese through his owners who asked Bjorn if I would consider riding the horse.

“It should be a great experience but it will also be a bit sombre on the anniversary of Simone Montgomerie’s fall.”

Securing a competitive total of seven wins and eight minor places from just 35 competitive starts so far, Cantonese began his racing career under the guidance of now-Darley trainer John O’Shea in the autumn of 2011, and has since passed through the stables of Bjorn Baker prior to landing in the care of current saddler Neil Dyer at the conclusion of his 2013 spring preparation.

Opening as sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the 2014 Darwin Cup, Cantonese is yet to receive much of punters’ attention, but remains outright $5.50 second-favourite for the Fannie Bay feature, behind Smarty Mac ($4.20) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Open an account and deposit at Ladbrokes.com.au now to secure a bonus bet of up to $250 in time for the Darwin Cup!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field