Winner of the Group I AJC Randwick Guineas and Australian Derby in 2010, top class gelding Shoot Out (6g High Chaparral x Pentamerous, by Pentire) is still going strong at age six after taking out the Group I ATC Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday for the second year in a row.
Resuming from a spell, but given two solid barrier trials to tune him up by trainer Chris Waller, Shoot Out presented in outstanding order and ran up to his appearance.
Ridden patiently by Hugh Bowman, Shoot Out settled off the pace and charged to the line late to edge out Monton and win the 1600 metre feature by a short head with his stablemate Danleigh in third place a half-length back.
Now a nine year-old, Danleigh finished second to Shoot Out last year, won the race the year before and was third the year before that in 2010.
An emotional Chris Waller was delighted with the result.
“He’s a star and it’s been a pleasure to be on this ride with him,” said Waller.
“These types of horses (Shoot Out and 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 and is raced by Graham and Linda Huddy, who selected and purchased him from the draft of Oaklands Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for just $15,000.
The bargain buy has put together an impressive record, winning 10 races and placing 10 times from 33 starts with $3.1 million in prizemoney and will now head towards the Group I ATC Doncaster Handicap next month.
Bred by the Stewart family’s Oaklands Stud near Toowoomba, Shoot Out is one of two stakes-winners for his dam Pentamerous joining the Group III WATC West Australian Oaks winner Cassandara Shadow.
His dam Pentamerous is now owned by Mr and Mrs Huddy and has a yearling colt and colt foal by High Chaparral and is back in foal to the English Derby winner once again.
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.