Thursday’s Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni looms as the final run for the season for Group One winner Shadows Cast.
Trainer Mark Oulaghan believes the son of Per Incanto is in good order ahead of the assignment and will have no issue with his allotted top-weight.
“He’s got 60kgs and the bottom weight has got 53kgs, so it is a seven kilo spread but I don’t think that will be a huge burden for him,” Oulaghan said.
“He ran in the race last year carrying 60kgs and just got beaten.”
It has been more than a month between runs for Shadows Cast who finished a well-beaten eighth behind Melody Belle in the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on a heavy track at Ellerslie last start before an aborted southern mission.
“We probably should have scratched him at Ellerslie,” Oulaghan said.
“We wanted to run him over 2000m, but it was a heavy track and we probably rode him a bit wrong and it was just a culmination of things. It was his first time right hand going.
“He seems well at the moment, but we took him down to Riccarton with the idea of running him there (in the Listed Easter Cup (1600m)) and it rained and was a soft or heavy track so we had to scratch him and bring him home.
“He just hasn’t had much luck with tracks. It’s just the way it panned out.”
Oulaghan is hoping for a better surface for Thursday’s Feilding meeting which is conducted on his home track at Awapuni.
“We kept him going with the hope we would get a half reasonable track here and it looks as though we are going to (Dead6 on Tuesday). We will run him on Thursday and that will be his season.”
Meanwhile, the Awapuni conditioner has some progressive gallopers on the undercard.
“I think Don't Know Jakk is a good little potential staying horse and in a Rating 65 field he will be competitive,” Oulaghan said.
“We’ve got a maidener in (Semper Magico) which I think goes pretty good too. He’s a handy little horse.”