IMMEDIATE plans remain uncertain with quality pacer Shadow Sax.
Following the five-year-old’s Group Two success this afternoon, trainer Emma Stewart stated she is unsure what Shadow Sax’s next target will be.
Ruling out next weekend’s Shepparton Cup, Stewart hinted the son of Shadow Play may be given a short break before embarking on an interstate campaign.
Key features such as the Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Queensland’s Winter Carnival – all in July – are tentatively placed on Shadow Sax’s agenda.
“I hadn’t really looked past today, so I will have to sit down and have a look at the programming,” Stewart said. “There are no plans to have him go around at Shepparton next week.
“There are still a few major races interstate later in the year which could be possibilities.”
With Chris Alford holding the reins during his latest triumph, Shadow Sax worked to the lead from barrier five before cruising to a three-metre win from his stablemate, Berisari, with Lets Elope 15 metres away third.
Rating 1:57.1 over 2700 metres, the Pam and Russell Hockham-owned gelding captured his fourth provincial feature for the season.
Successful in 10 of his 13 starts for the term, with two Cup placings also in the mix, Shadow Sax has also annexed the Stawell, Geelong and Cranbourne Cups.
As such, Shadow Sax has broken clear in the Country Cup Championship, with the $25,000 bonus for the winner heading the Hockhams’ way.
Stewart also sent Shadow Sax across the border to secure the South Australia Cup last January.
“He’s a marvelous season and hopefully that will continue before the season ends,” Stewart said.