Waller pulls off a hit and run effort with Shellscrape
Sydney trainer Chris Waller pulled off a hit and run success when Shellscrape raced away with the $100,000 Rubicon Design & Construct Plate at Doomben on Monday.
Shellscrape ($2.80) led throughout to record a four and a quarter length win over well-tried favourite Temple Of Boom ($2.20).
Sunshine Coast galloper Freton ($21) raced well but but finished almost a length further back in third.
Waller only sent the Dane Shadow colt to Brisbane on Thursday night and stable representative Justine Hailes said the horse would be on a float home this week.
"He was up here for the one run and he will head straight home," Hailes said.
"The boss sent him up for this race because it was a set weights race and he was getting the topweight at home.
"He went really well and he’ll make into a smart horse."
Shellscrape is raced by New South Wales breeder and owner Geoff Garnish, Dane Shadow’s part owner.
Jockey Larry Cassidy enjoyed an armchair ride aboard the bay colt and was full of praise for the horse’s effort.
"He was never going to get beaten," Cassidy said.
"He raced really well and that was a good win, he’ll win better races on that performance."
Garnish owns a quarter of Dane Shadow and he plans to send every one of his 13 broodmares to the horse at Kitchwin Hills this season.
"He’s a very under-rated sire and he’s great value," Garnish said.
Runner-up Temple Of Boom was afforded the run of the race by Michael Cahill just behind Shellscrape but was never a chance of catching the winner.
Earlier, astute Gold Coast trainer Keith Smith got a consolation for what might have been when Fasdehere won the $50,000 Redlands RSL Handicap (1010m).
Smith rated Fasdehere a winter carnival contender but those plans were put on hold when the horse developed a hoof abscess.
"He’s a very good horse," Smith said.
"I had him set for the early carnival races but the setback held me up and he didn’t have enough prize money to get into the better races."
By Grant Stockwell