Shadow Sax sets new record
Shadow Sax will target more country cup glory this month after taking out the Cranbourne Cup on Saturday night, connections have confirmed.
With top reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky, Shadow Sax set a new track record over the 2555m when beating Clancys Fobwatch by four metres, while Mustang Bart was a further three-and-a-half metres away in third.
Owners Pam and Russell Hockham struggled to hide their delight after the race as they can now add the Cranbourne Cup to their trophy cabinet.
"We've had a couple of runners in the Cup, but hadn't been lucky enough to win it," Pam said. "The closest we came was Sheffield Mark finishing second and that was 20 years ago. So to have Shadow Sax win tonight is something pretty special.
"Once he got to the front I was pretty excited and nervous. At the top of the straight when he kicked clear, I knew he was home and was just so thrilled."
The five year-old will now be aimed at another country cup later this month, but first of all trainer Emma Stewart looks set to hand him an easy couple of days as reward for his latest win.
"I think Emma will let him have a day or two off now, he's earned it," Hockham said. "There is another Cup in a fortnight, which he will probably go to next.
"He's had 10 starts this season for eight wins and a third and this is his fourth cup in that time, so he'd doing a wonderful job."
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