The Courier-Mail

Blake prepared for Slipper rematch at Rosehill

- RAY THOMAS

CHAMPION jockey Blake Shinn is looking forward to reuniting with Headwater in his showdown with Golden Slipper hero Vancouver in the Group 3 $125,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

“This is going to be an exciting race and my bloke is right in it,” Shinn said.

“Headwater has a great physique and pedigree, he’s a real stallion prospect for Vinery Stud, he’s in the right stable with Team Hawkes, and has always given the impression he would be better as a three-year-old.

“But the day I won on him in the Silver Slipper, he was awesome, there was no fluke about his effort that day.

“There were excuses for him at Randwick next start and then he ran a super race in the Golden Slipper.

“He has trialled well, he’s got brilliant speed and the Rosehill 1100m suits him.”

Shinn, who has just returned from England where he rode in the Shergar Cup series at Ascot, said the San Domenico field was loaded with quality.

“Vancouver is unbeaten, we all know he is a very good colt and I’ve got a lot of respect for him,” Shinn added.

“Haptic has trialled well, I’ve won on him before, Redzel is another very promising three-year-old and I rode him in his trial win the other day where he was brilliant, and there is the fit horses like Japonisme and King’s Troop.”

The Rosehill meeting also features the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) which has attracted a quality 11-horse field, with premier trainer Chris Waller nominating five of his Spring Carnival hopefuls – Group 1 winners Grand Marshal (Sydney Cup), Amicus (Thousand Guineas) and Preferment (Victoria Derby), plus stakes winners Rugged Cross (Winter Stakes) and Silverball (Lord Mayors Cup).

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