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Talented son of High Chaparral enters Matt Cumani’s barn

OTI is delighted to release this beautifully bred staying prospect that has recently arrived on Australian shores after a promising start to his career in the United Kingdom. Originally trained by Luca Cumani in Newmarket, he is now in the hands of Matt Cumani at Ballarat. With three wins across two seasons in the UK, Shakopee is a proven commodity in one of the strongest staying regions in the world. He has won from 1700M up to 2400M and there’s no reason he won’t be winning over further in Australia.

Shakopee is by the dominant Irish staying sire, High Chaparral, himself an Irish Derby winner. This magnificent producer of quality stayers has a strong affinity with Australian racegoers through his star-studded progeny that includes the modern-day champion, So You Think.

Shakopee will commence his Australian career in quality restricted handicaps before working his way up to black type racing. On the current timetable and with what the gelding is showing on the track, he should be racing in late March. Ideally, he should get a good preparation of 3 or 4 races before being spelled with spring races in mind.  Clearly, with his known staying potential, a race like the Bart Cummings would be a perfect target.

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Sydney Win for Plymouth Road – will he back-up on Saturday?

 

Plymouth Road was transferred to James Cummings stables in Sydney at the end of 2016 from Lee and Anthony Freedman’s stable due to the state of the hard tracks in Victoria.  He much prefers some give in the track and after some welcomed rain in Sydney overnight, he had a good win at Warwick Farm today over 2400m. He led from go to whoa and was strong on the line. If he pulls up well from today’s race, James Cummings could back him up in a BM84 over 2400m on Saturday at Randwick. This will be a step-up in class and a big ask but with more rain forecast for Sydney and a low weight of 54.5kg, he could prove competitive.

After some disappointing performances, we are thrilled to see him back to his good form and we are very pleased for his patient owners.

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