Top class galloper Shoot Out is a rising seven year-old but he’s still going strong as ever after taking out the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) for the second year in a row at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Resuming from a spell, Shoot Out presented in outstanding order and ran up to his appearance. Ridden patiently off the pace, he charged to the line late to edge out Monton by a short head with stablemate Danleigh a half-length back in third place.
Danleigh (Mujahid) had finished second to Shoot Out in the 2012 Chipping Norton, he won it in 2011 and was third home in 2010.
Shoot Out (6g High Chaparral x Pentamerous by Pentire) delighted trainer Chris Waller. “He’s a star and it’s been a pleasure to be on this ride with him. These types of horses (Shoot Out & Danleigh) are exceptional and they are few and far between. You just have to enjoy them for what they are.”
Shoot Out has five Group I victories to his credit including the 2010 Randwick Guineas and Australian Derby. He is raced by Graham and Linda Huddy who purchased him from Oaklands Stud at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions for just $15,000.
The G1 Doncaster Handicap is next on the agenda for the bargain buy who has won 10 races from 33 starts and earned $3.10 million in prizemoney. The Huddys also bought his dam Pentamerous and she has two young colts by High Chaparral and was bred back to Coolmore Stud’s English Derby.
High Chaparral has 38 youngsters to be offered at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including a half-brother to Monton who finished second to Shoot Out in the Chipping Norton Stakes.