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Shoot Out is Still in the Fray

Stathi Katsidis says Shoot Out saw the backs of more horses than he would have liked on Saturday and he is already looking forward to the next clash with Memsie winner So You Think.

“From where I had him we couldn’t beat So You Think,” Katsidis said.

“(So You Think) was just too fresh and too well but we’re on track.

“It’s a long spring and I can’t wait to meet him (So You Think) again.”

Katsidis admitted that the expected lack of speed and the on-pace racing patterns of main dangers So You Think and Typhoon Tracy forced his hand aboard Shoot Out, prompting him to settle closer to the speed than he would have liked.

“He’s looking for a mile now but I had to ride him closer so that we wouldn’t lose touch with Typhoon Tracy or So You Think,” Katsidis said.

“It was a good run and he was doing his best work late. I’m very, very happy with him.”

Shoot Out had taken all before him since arriving in Melbourne with impressive wins in the Bletchingly Stakes and Liston Stakes.

As a result he was sent out a warm favourite for the Memsie just ahead of Typhoon Tracy who was resuming from a spell.

Katsidis took plenty of encouragement from the way Shoot Out hit the line and believes that the four-year-old is still right on track for the 2010 Cox Plate and the 2010 Melbourne Cup.

“He’ll be getting a lot further back in the field from now on because all he wants to do is relax,” Katsidis said.

“He’s really looking for more ground now.”

Article by Michael Sharkie Aapracing

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