TRADITIONALLY drawing the pole would be considered a bonus, but in the case of Castalong Shadow it could prove to be an obstacle.
Fresh from his first-up win in Bathurst last week, Castalong Shadow is engaged in the opening event at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
As the initial paragraph suggests, the son of Shadow Play will begin from barrier one for trainer Geoff Simpson.
Unfortunately Castalong Shadow is a moderate beginner, while several of his opponents possess ample gate speed.
“It’s a nice draw against a strong even field, but I’m not sure how much of a benefit it will be,” Simpson said.
“He is not brilliant out, but there are a few on the front row which begin quickly.
“So he might be three or four-back on the pegs and then looking for a clear run.”
Should Castalong Shadow gain the “clear run” he will make his presence felt according to Simpson.
“He is a chance in any race as he is such a trier,” Simpson said. “Once he gets in the clear he tries his heart out to beat them.
“His first-up win was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t think he trialled all that well beforehand, but it shows he was switched on when it mattered.
“He has been training well, and I wouldn’t say he has improved, but he hasn’t lost anything either.”
With no major plans in mind for the stallion, Simpson will continue to look for suitable targets.
“At this stage he will just race in his grades and see how he goes,” Simpson said.
“There is a junior drivers’ race in Blayney next week which I will probably enter him in depending on how he gets through Saturday night.
“After that I will see what’s around.”