Shamexpress Aims To Repeat History In 2012 Golden Rose Stakes

September 14th, 2012

Shamexpress will look to recreate the events of last year’s Golden Rose when he lines up for the event tomorrow September 15, 2012.

Last year, Manawanui won the $1 million race after owners parted with the $50,000 late entry fee for the race and this year Shamexpress will be out to do the same.

Shamexpress finished third in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes last start and trainer Danny O’Brien will be looking to go two better in the 2012 Golden Rose.

Part owner Andrew Smith admitted that the O’Reilly colt was slightly unpredictable when it came to his form.

“He’s a funny sort of horse, we’ll just have to see which horse turns up on Saturday,” Smith said.

Shamexpress drew barrier seven of ten horses for the 2012 Golden Rose, which is a wider gate than his camp were originally hoping for.

“Ideally I would have liked something a little further in,” Smith said.

“But it could be worse.

“We’re just outside (Kabayan). We might get some good early speed and just follow him across.”

While Shamexpress has proven he can handle all types of running styles during his short career, Smith believes he performs best as a front runner.

“In his first three starts he’s led or been close to the lead,” Smith said.

“In the McNeil we tried to settle him further back in the field.

“He was a little bit unruly.”

Shamexpress has won one of his four race starts and has earned close to $70,000 in prize money.

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