There’s no miss­ing with Sniper Shot

Daily News - - SPORT - DAVID THISELTON

THE Paul Laf­ferty-trained Sniper Shot should go close on form­lines in to­mor­row night's Grade 2 post Merchants over 1 200m at Greyville. How­ever, he had an in­ter­rup­tion in his train­ing pro­gram due to a sales of­fer and then had to be scratched from the Tsogo Sun Sprint due to a pulled mus­cle in his back.

But all is now well with the three-yearold Jud­pot geld­ing and Laf­ferty's as­sis­tant trainer Roy Waugh said, “He has put up a good grass gal­lop and is look­ing fan­tas­tic.”

Sniper Shot failed the piso­plasma test af­ter be­ing the subject of a sales of­fer.

Fever Tree Hand­i­cap

In his last three runs he won the Fever Tree Hand­i­cap over 1 400m at Scottsville, fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 3 By­er­ley Turk over 1 400m at Greyville to sub­se­quent Grade 1 win­ner Un­der­cover Agent and then fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 2 Daisy Guineas at Greyville to Do It Again.

Pre­vi­ous to that he had run twice at Scottsville over to­mor­row night’s trip of 1 200m and been beaten both times by Post Merchants con­tender Sun­set Eyes.

In the first of those meet­ing he gave Sun­set Eyes 1kg and was beaten two lengths and in the sec­ond meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary he re­ceived half-a-kilo­gram and was beaten 0,75 lengths. He now faces Sun­set Eyes at level weights.

How­ever, if weight for age changes are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion he is 3,5kg bet­ter off for a two length beat­ing and 1,5kg bet­ter off for a 0,75 length beat­ing, so there is very lit­tle in it.

How­ever, Bet­ting World have Sun­set Eyes as the 5-2 favourite and Sniper Shot is at 8-1. Sun­set Eyes does have a draw ad­van­tage of pole po­si­tion vs draw ten, which is a big fac­tor.

Sniper Shot was kept wide in or­der to over­come a wide draw in the By­er­ley Turk and ended ly­ing third in the run­ning along­side the well drawn Un­der­cover Agent, but it will be tough to re­peat that tac­tic against classy speed­sters over a 200m shorter trip. Nev­er­the­less, he should be run­ning on strongly as he loves Greyville.

The Paul Laf­ferty-trained SNIPER SHOT. Pic­ture: Candiese Marnewick

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