archive News on Blue Gum Farm
23rd July 2012
Shanghai Warrior stamped himself as a very promising horse at Flemington on Saturday when blitzing his rivals in the Bob Skilton Handicap over 1100m. Pat Hyland has taken the 3YO son of Elvstroem along steadily with his last preparation including smart wins at Sandown and Cranbourne and with Saturdays very smart win under the belt both trainer and jockey look confident that big things lay ahead.
"He'll run a mile alright, maybe more," Hyland said.
"And if he can run 2000m, there's a good race at Moonee Valley for him."
Hyland's reference to the Cox Plate is ambitious, but he wasn't joking.
"He's always shown well above average ability - well above average," he said.
"When he ran first-up the other day he was more underdone than I thought, but today he was much better."
Jockey Glen Boss was just as effusive in his assessment of the Colt.
"Pat told me he had a very good horse before I rode him and he was right," he said.
"That was a terrific win, there's bound to be a race for him in the spring."
Shanghai Warrior is building an impressive CV with his career record now at 8 starts, 4 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third and career earnings to date of $132,713.
Shanghai Warrior's win on Saturday caps of a good week for Elvstroem whom on Wednesday had a Sandown winning double in the form of the Chris Hyland trained Rock Princess and the very impressive Darren Weir trained El Devine. Elvstroem has enjoyed a successful 2011/2012 with some 80 winners of 125 races and progeny earnings of $2,638,436. With two new stakeswinners this season taking his career tally to 6 stakeswinners the Five Time G1 Winning Champion looks tremendous value at $4,400 in the 2012 breeding season.