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