Shoot Out notched his third Group 1 victory but a first for trainer Chris Waller in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Shoot Out (5g High Chaparral – Pentamerous by Pentire) surged to the lead at the top of the straight and kicked clear to defeat stablemate Danleigh (Mujahid) by two lengths. It was his first winners’ cheque since the G2 Liston Stakes in August 2010 and it sent his bank balance through $2 million.
“It’s a privilege to train a Derby winner and getting him back to Group 1 form,” an emotional Waller said moments after the victory. “Full credit to the owners, it wasn’t an easy decision because John Wallace had done a great job with the horse.”
Shoot Out is raced by Queensland couple Graham and Linda Huddy and was a $15,000 bargain buy from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He won the G2 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes and returned at three to claim the G1 Randwick Guineas and G1 Australian Derby at Randwick.
A son of High Chaparral, Shoot Out is a younger half-brother to G3 WA Oaks winner Cassandara Shadow (Johannesburg). Their dam Pentamerous is a winning half-sister to G2 Craiglee Stakes winner Native Jazz.