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Wallace can't wait for Caulfield


Gold Coast trainer John Wallace is looking forward to his star galloper Shoot Out meeting the likes of Typhoon Tracy and So You Think for the first time in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

Shoot Out goes into the Group Two weight-for-age feature over 1400m with a distinct race fitness advantage over most of his rivals, having won the Bletchingly Stakes and the JJ Liston Stakes at Caulfield over the past month.

The bulk of his rivals are resuming from spells.

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“This is his third run back and he does want further, but in saying that they may be vulnerable too because they’re first-up,” Wallace said.

“I can’t wait for it because they are great horses he is going to race and this is a good horse I’ve got so I’m looking forward to it.”

Another thing in Shoot Out’s favour on Saturday is the slow (6) going after 15.5mm of rain for the week.

Wallace took the High Chaparral four-year-old across town from his Flemington stable to Caulfield for a gallop on the course proper on Tuesday and was delighted with what he saw.

“I was really pleased with the way he worked,” he said.

The gelding was timed to run 1000m in 1:4, sprinting the last 400m in 23.6 seconds.

Wallace said he appeared to be pulling his track rider out of the saddle on the home turn from where he was watching the gallop.

“He looked to be working lovely,” he said.

“He’s a good horse and certainly we haven’t seen the best of him yet.”

The first match-up between Shoot Out and So You Think didn’t eventuate in the Liston Stakes when the Cox Plate winner was scratched by Bart Cummings due to the wet track.

But jockey Steven Arnold is expecting him to take his place on Saturday, barring a heavy track.

“I suppose he’s got to go soon doesn’t he,” Arnold said.

“It gets to a time when they have to kick off at some stage.

“I think he’s going well but he’s not comfortable in the ground.

Arnold won the Memsie for Cummings in 2002 on Magical Miss.