STILL dealing with the heartache of having their star open class pacer scratched from the Inter Dominion, prominent owners Pam and Russell Hockham are hoping for a reason to smile on Saturday night.
Breeders and owners of multiple feature race winner Shadow Sax, the Hockhams were left “absolutely shattered” when the gelding had to be withdrawn from the prestigious series due to injury.
Although Shadow Sax’s troubled leg was x-rayed, vets have been unable to pinpoint the problem, with more x-rays to be done next week.
“We are absolutely shattered,” Pam said. “To have a horse with a reasonable chance in the Inter Dominion only to have him scratched because of injury is heartbreaking.
“But we’ve been in horses for so long we know these things happen…it never gets easier though!”
The Hockhams appear to have a ready-made replacement in the shape of unbeaten Australian Pacing Gold purchase Demon Delight.
Winner of his three starts, the Emma Stewart-trained colt will be looking to maintain his perfect record in the Caduceus Club Cup.
Although drawn the outside of the front row, Demon Delight is a $1.45 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
“We are thrilled with how good he has turned out so far,” Pam said. “He looks to be a really exciting type.
“He didn’t race as a two-year-old because he had a sore hock, but Emma thinks he is as good as any of the three-year-olds in her stable.
“At this stage he is working towards the Victoria Derby on Australia Day and it would lovely if he can make his way into that.”