Sin­gle­ton’s ‘cranky’ mare can sur­prise in the Nivi­son

The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - SHAYNE O’CASS

HAWKES­BURY trainer Scott Sin­gle­ton be­lieves his vastly un­der­rated mare Shazee Lee is go­ing as well as she ever has ahead of her first-up run in the Group 3 ATC Nivi­son (1200m) at Royal Randwick to­mor­row.

Shazee Lee has won a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars and beat the likes of Prompt Re­sponse Spright in her record set­ting Hawkes­bury Guineas win in 2017 yet still doesn’t re­ceive the same plau­dits as many of her con­tem­po­raries.

“She is fin­ish­ing around the sort of horse that are al­ways in a lot those Group races. I don’t think she is out of her depth, she just needs things to go way, she’s that type mare,” Sin­gle­ton said.

“She’s a big cranky sort of mare – it de­pends how she turns up on the day – but I am cer­tainly happy with how she is go­ing to the races. She looks ter­rific and has never been as big and strong be­fore.

Randwick is guar­an­teed to be wet, a fac­tor that should play into Shazee Lee’s favour.

The grand­daugh­ter of More Than Ready is un­placed in four slow track runs but is ‘two from four’ on heavy.

“That’s the just way it’s worked out,” Sin­gle­ton said of Shazee Lee’s lop­sided record.

“I have al­ways liked her on the heavy. Even at home she gets through it well.”

Shazee Lee only had two runs last cam­paign, the Group 2 Sap­phire Stakes at Randwick be­fore her one length fourth in the Group 3 Godol­phin Crown at Scone.

That race was to be her lead-up to a visit to the na­tion’s thor­ough­bred cap­i­tal for an­other Group 3 mares race only it wasn’t to be.

“She went up to Scone for the Dark Jewel but she kicked out in the bar­ri­ers and got her leg stuck so that’s why went to pad­dock af­ter two starts last prep,” Sin­gle­ton ex­plained.

“She tri­alled well the other day and Chris­tian (Reith) was happy with her. She sat deep and was mov­ing good.

“That is as good as she has ever tri­alled to my eye. I think she’ll run a fair race first-up.”

Shazee Lee will rid­den in the Nivi­son for the first time by cham­pion jockey Brett Preb­ble.

“I have al­ways liked her on the heavy. Even at home she gets through it well.” SCOTT SIN­GLE­TON

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