After a brave second at the Gold Coast last weekend the Gerald Ryan-trained Shoreham now targets the Grafton Cup 2015 next month where the galloper will make his New South Wales race debut.
It has been a lengthy winning drought for the five-year-old Reset gelding who hasn’t won a race since the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington back in September of 2013.
Last weekend he looked on the improve and closer to breaking the drought.
After working his way from the back of the field he crossed just a head away second behind Escado in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) on Tattersall’s Tiara Day at the Gold Coast on the closing day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Escado also beat Shoreham home as three-year-olds in elite level company in Adelaide when they ran first and third respectively in the Group 1 South Australian Derby back in 2013.
The history continued between the duo in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield back on April 4 this autumn, a race won by Sertorious who beat home Escado (2nd) and Shoreham (3rd).
The Tattersall’s Cup was Shoreham’s first run in the clockwise direction since being transferred to Ryan’s care from the stables of Saab Hasan due to the private sale from new owner Les Cowell.
Ryan now plans to take the Group 1 placed galloper to Grafton Racecourse for a shot at the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on Thursday July 9.
The former Victorian-based stayer is now trained out of Sydney and the Grafton Cup will be his first chance to prove himself in his new home state.
“The Grafton Cup is three weeks away and looks the right sort of race for him before he has a break,” Ryan said.
“He has pulled up very well and looks as if he has improvement in him.
“The plan has always been the Tattersall’s Cup and the Grafton Cup because (new owner) Les (Cowell) comes from around there.”
In his run before the Tattersall’s Cup Shoreham ran eighth behind La Amistad in the Listed Andrew Ramsden Cup (3200m), Flemington’s other two mile race outside of the famous Melbourne Cup, and Ryan was pleased with the way he handled the sharp step back in distance.
“He was very sharp today for a horse that’s been racing over two miles,” he said post-race on Saturday.
“The Grafton Cup in a couple of weeks looks the right sort of race for him before he has a break.”
Last year’s Grafton Cup was won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown while Ryan had one starter in the 2014 edition with Ironstein finishing eight lengths away eighth, a result he hopes Shoreham can improve on this winter.
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