The Grafton Cup 2015 will be a test but is not outside of Shoreham’s reach according to the galloper’s Rosehill-based horseman Gerald Ryan.
Reset five-year-old Shoreham is one of 15 remaining gallopers in this Thursday’s $150,000 Listed Blanchard Haulage Grafton Cup (2350m) following the early scratching of the David Vandyke-trained Maurus.
Kapour from the in-form stables of Ciaron Maher heads the Grafton Cup betting at $3.50 and firming, the Victorian visitor after back-to-back Sydney wins after taking out the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on June 27.
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Backed in from an earlier price of $13 right into $9, Ryan’s galloper has come up trumps with barrier four and Brenton Avdulla staying on after a nice last start second when a neck off Escado in the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup (2400m) at the Gold Coast on June 20.
Ryan believes Shoreham would have won the Tatt’s Cup if he hadn’t had the outside barrier 12 draw to contend from on the tight Gold Coast circuit and is hoping for an improved run from a better gate on a roomier track this week at Grafton.
“If he’d drawn where he has at Grafton I’m pretty sure he would have won,” Ryan, who took over the training of Shoreham from Melbourne-based Saab Hasan after owner Les Cowell recently purchased the horse, told AAP this week.
“We had to go back at the Gold Coast but with a better barrier and on a bigger track we should be able to ride him a tad closer and that might make the difference.”
Before the Tatt’s Cup Shoreham was run over two miles at Flemington in the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) on May 23 where he ran a well beaten eighth before his time in Queensland helped bring him on.
“I was up there (in Queensland) last week and he looks really good,” Ryan said.
“He’s a lovely little horse, quiet, no hassle and easy to train.
“Obviously I haven’t had him for that long but he’s not a horse you have to hurt with work. He pretty much keeps himself fit.”
Not having had to do much with Shoreham since the Gold Coast run, Ryan is confident the Grafton Cup is the right race for the galloper to win his first race since a black-type at Flemington over 1400m back in September of 2013.
“The week after he arrived, he started to jump around the place,” Ryan said.
“I’ve been working him with short, sharp stuff. There is more freshness back in his legs.
“It’s hard to say he has improved, other than to say he’s done really well, but he pulled up after the Gold Coast like a horse that would take improvement from the run and I think he has.
“The Grafton Cup looks a tough, even race but a race within Shoreham’s reach.”
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