Shogun on trial for Bagot

Townsville Bulletin - - Lettersextra -

LAST Shogun will get his chance at Sandown to­mor­row to prove he is wor­thy of a start in the Listed Bagot Hand­i­cap at Caulfield on New Year’s Day.

T r a i n e r T e r r y O’Sul­li­van said the fouryear-old Last Ty­coon geld­ing was on trial at 2400m but be­lieved he had the stamina to be com­pet­i­tive in to­mor­row’s Sala­man­der Hand­i­cap.

A last-start win­ner over 2000m on his home track at Stawell, Last Shogun was beaten less than three lengths in both the Ararat Cup (2000m) on Novem­ber 19 and over 2040m at Moonee Val­ley on De­cem­ber 2.

‘‘I thought his run at the Val­ley was all right and then he won well in a weaker race at Stawell so we’re hop­ing he can run the 2400m,’’ O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘If he shows he can run 2400m then we will give the Bagot some thought for sure.’’

Brent Stan­ley will have his first ride on Last Shogun who has won six of his 23 starts and has drawn gate six.

Trainer Tom Hughes is chas­ing a sen­ti­men­tal win with Shrog­ginet in the Sala­man­der which is named in hon­our of the for­mer top stayer who, trained by his fa­ther Tom, won the 1978 Sandown Cup and fin­ished sec­ond i n a photo-fin­ish to Hyperno in the 1979 Melbourne Cup.

Shrog­ginet is yet to win in nine starts this cam­paign but has shown im­prove­ment in re­cent weeks.

Last Fri­day night he was beaten less than a length when fourth to Quil­ter over 3000m at Moonee Val­ley af­ter fin­ish­ing a close third to Spe­cial Scene and Deign To Dance over 2400m at Sandown.

Hughes said Shrog­ginet had trained on well and ex­pected him to fig­ure in the fin­ish again.

‘‘I don’t think he has reached his peak yet,’’ Hughes said.

Se­bas­tian Mur­phy, who starts a 14-meet­ing sus­pen­sion from Christ­mas D a y , h a s r i d d e n Shrog­ginet at his last two starts and will ride him again to­mor­row.

• J o c k e y A n d r e w Find­lay was yes­ter­day s u s p e n d e d f o r n i n e months af­ter re­turn­ing a pos­i­tive test to a me­tab­o­lite of co­caine.

The 31-year-old, who has been rid­ing for 16 years, pro­vided a urine sam­ple at the Sandown C l a s s i c mee t i n g o n Novem­ber 18 which on anal­y­sis con­tained the pres­ence of the banned sub­stance Ben­zoylec­go­nine.

Find­lay had pre­vi­ously been sus­pended for six months for test­ing posit i v e t o c o c a i n e and cannabis in 1998.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sus­pended from rid­ing in races, bar­rier tri­als and t r a c k wo r k f o r n i n e months, ef­fec­tive from Novem­ber 29 when he was stood down from rid­ing.

Terry O’Sul­li­van

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