Shazza to show her Quality at Randwick
SYDNEY’S most underrated mare Shazee Lee is all set to prove her Hawkesbury Guineas win was no fluke by taking out tomorrow’s Group 3 ATC Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick.
The Scott Singleton trained mare blew out to $51 in April’s Hawkesbury Guineas and was given little hope the 1400m Group 3 after failing in the $500,000 Provincial Championship Final three weeks prior.
Shazee Lee was back to her barnstorming best in the Guineas however charging home over the top of her rivals to score a shock hometown win.
Those immediately behind her that day were Prompt Return and Salsonic who underpin the form by winning the Dane Ripper and Queensland Guineas respectively soon after.
Sixth placed Calanda won the Ramornie while Good Standing, who was seventh to Shazee Lee in the Guineas came out and won a Listed race in Brisbane two weeks later.
Shazee Lee was tuned-up for weekend assignment with an outstanding trial at Randwick on August 8 where she hit the line hardest of all to clock in just 0.7-lengths from winner, Toy Show favourite Dixie Blossoms.
“She’d been working well so it was good to see her frank it in the trial,” Singleton said.
“Jay (Ford) doesn’t say a lot but you could tell he was happy. He said it was perfect.”
Shazee Lee has so far managed to win three of her 11 starts with a couple seconds.
“She works like a real good horse at home and there’s not many that can gallop with her on the track. When she’s ridden quiet, whether it be in a trial or a race, she is pretty well strong all the time late,” says Singleton.
“She seems to be a little bit stronger than last time also. I just want try and keep her in mares company place her as easier races as a I can.
“The 1300m is a nice distance to kick off in and in a couple of weeks there is the Mona Lisa at Wyong for mares over 1350m so this leads into it nicely,” he added.