With all eyes on Shiraz, Kim Waugh toasts Supreme Effort in Starlight Stakes

Story courtesy Chris Roots SMH

The focus might be on Kim Waugh’s latest star acquisition Shiraz at Rosehill on Saturday, but she warns not to underrate in-form Supreme Effort in the Starlight Stakes.

Nicely matured: Classy sprinter Shiraz returns at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au

Nicely matured: Classy sprinter Shiraz returns at                     Rosehill on Saturday. 

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Shiraz is at Waugh’s yard to have the benefit of being trained from a yard and a paddock, which has been the case previously when he has performed at his best.

The Galaxy runner-up resumes in the Starlight Stakes, and Waugh admits she is still learning about him.

“When Tony McEvoy had him at Hawkesbury he was in a yard and was happy and racing well. We are trying to do the same thing with him and he can go back to the farm if we want to put him in a paddock,” Waugh said.

“He is obviously a very good sprinter, a group 1 sprinter, and has trialled well after having a bit of a spell. I want to see what he can do and then we’ll decide what we are going to target with him.

“He could have a couple of runs and be put away for those sprints in the autumn again.”

After going through his grades with McEvoy, Shiraz ran fourth to English in the Challenge Stakes before being beaten in a photo finish by Griante in the group 1 The Galaxy. He struggled with stable life in Melbourne at the beginning of the spring, failing twice.

While it is the unknown with Shiraz, Waugh knows what she has in Supreme Effort, a winner of seven races, which is having the best preparation of his career.

He started this campaign by winning the Hurricane Stakes at Newcastle and Port Macquarie Sprint, before running third to Flippant down the straight at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

But it was the last run that has Waugh thinking he is ready to break through for a listed win.

“I think people always underestimate him,” she said. “He is very fit and tough and racing in great form.

“He got a bit lost down the straight and still got home well, and then last time he didn’t have a chance the way the race was run. He got back last and ran home in 32.65 [seconds for the last 600 metres], which was the fastest of the day, so the run was better than it looked.

“There is more speed in this race and that will suit him, and I think he can run a very good race.”

Waugh will also have Hetty Heights resuming at Rosehill, and there are a couple of options for her after that.

She won the Wyong Provincial Championship heat earlier in the year and was sixth in the final, and could return to the series again next year.

However, it will depend how she shapes up this preparation.

“She has five wins, so if she wins another one that counts her out of the Provincial Championships,” Waugh said. “That is what I would like to do, but we are aware that Provincial Championships are still an option for her

“I think she is up to black-type races, so something like the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford could be a good race for her.

“She has come back well and goes well first up. We will see where this preparation takes us.”


Two in a row for Five Stars Partner at Port Macquarie

Five Stars Partner was sent out a solid favourite in the second event following a strong win in provincial grade last start and victory never looked in doubt with a commanding 4 length victory at Port Macquarie this afternoon to make it two wins in a row.

Five Stars Partner jumped well before being sent forward by Andrew Gibbons in a well-judged front running display let down strongly over the concluding stages to bound-away with an easy victory. “Another strong win by Five Stars Partner, it looked a nice race on paper and it’s always very pleasing to walk away with the win. He’s a horse that is still learning his trade and will continue to progress and work his way through the grades. I will look for a suitable race in the coming weeks” added Kim.

Strong hand bound for Rosehill Gardens Saturday

Strong hand will be bound for Rosehill Gardens when talented gallopers Hetty Heights takes her place in race 4 Treeserve Hcp whilst Shiraz and the ever consistent Supreme Effort will square off against on another in race 6 Starlight Stakes over 1100m.

Lightly raced mare Hetty Heights looks ready to kick off another campaign in successful style when she lines up against her own sex in the Treeserve Hcp for benchmark 85 gallopers. The Written Tycoon mare raced through her grades last prep winning three races before an unlucky 6th placing in the Provincial Championships at Randwick and looks to have returned in good style following two nice trial performances in preparation to her first up run on Saturday. “Hetty Heights is very well. She is a promising mare that I have a lot of time with a very good race record who really does race extremely well, particularly when fresh. Hopefully the race is run at a solid tempo which will allow the mare to take a sit and give her every opportunity to hit the line hard over the concluding stages” added Kim. Kerrin McEvoy reunites with Hetty Heights after having won on the mare at her first race start, with the pair jumping from barrier 8.

Hetty Heights returns to scale following her emphatic win

         Hetty Heights 

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High class galloper Shiraz steps out for the first time under the guidance of Kim Waugh when he leads out a class group of sprinters in the Starlight Stakes over 1200m. The Zariz gelding has impressed Kim and the team since his arrival and has continued to please following two solid trial performances in the lead up to Saturday’s assignment. “I couldn’t be happier with Shiraz both trials have been very good hitting the line under his own steam on each occasion. He has an outstanding record and came to me in very good order, whilst he has drawn a touch awkwardly he is the class horse in the race and I’m sure with an ounce of luck he will prove most competitive” added Kim. Brenton Avdulla has secured the ride aboard Shiraz, with the pair jumping from barrier 13.

Handy sprinter Supreme Effort takes on a class field of sprinters including stablemate Shiraz in the Starlight Stakes over six furlongs. The hulking Shaft gelding has continued to thrive both on and off the track and heads to Saturday’s assignment fit and well. “Supreme Effort is great he continues to hold his condition and form and whilst he takes on a solid field of sprinters he drops significantly in weight, returning to 1200m is certainly in his favour and looks to get a nice run in transit from the good gate I’m sure he will acquit himself well. ” added Kim. Supreme Effort will be ridden by Tommy Berry, with the pair jumping from barrier 3.

Supreme Effort with Brenton Avdulla

Supreme Effort

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