A rejuvenated Shoot Out (5g High Chaparral x Pentamerous, by Pentire) indicated he will be a force to be reckoned with during the Sydney Autumn Carnival after downing a classy field to win the Group I ATC Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The five year-old son of High Chaparral was transferred into the care of leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller following a lacklustre autumn campaign last year and has gradually worked his way back into top form.
Having his third run for his new trainer in the 1600 metre weight-for-age feature, Shoot Out improved on placings at his two previous runs to overpower last year’s Chipping Norton winner Danleigh and win by two lengths with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
“I guess I’m the one lucky enough to take the credit for today,” Waller said.
“Thanks to the owners [the Huddy family] for giving him to me to train. It’s a privilege to be training a Derby winner and to get him back to Group I form.”
Shoot Out was previously trained by Gold Coast conditioner John Wallace for whom he won seven races including the Group I AJC Australian Derby and Randwick Guineas.
“He was dominant,” Bowman said. “It’s just lovely to see him get back into the winner’s stall in a Group I.”
Shoot Out is raced by Graham and Linda Huddy and it was Linda 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 eight of 27 starts and $2.1 million in prizemoney.
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 filly by Encosta de Lago, a colt foal by High Chaparral and is back in foal to the English Derby winner once again.
High Chaparral has 19 youngsters to be offered at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including the full brother to his finest offspring So You Think that will be offered as Lot 436.