WITH his main target fast approaching, Shadow Sax is likely to have one more lead-up start.
Being primed for the Inter Dominion, the top pacer will contest either the Popular Alm Free-For-All or Geelong Cup.
Heats of the Inter Dominion are scheduled to begin at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 1, with the free-for-all set down for November 16 and the Cup a week later.
Trainer Emma Stewart discussed her plans for the son of Shadow Play following his win in Melton last night.
“He has had four runs this time in and is right at his peak,” Stewart said. “I’d like to give him at least one more start before the Inter Dominion begins in four weeks.
“At this stage the Popular Alm Free-For-All which is right in the middle at a couple of weeks from now could be the better option.
“I’ll just see how he is between now and then.”
Driven by Mark Pitt during his latest victory, Shadow Sax began quickly to lead from barrier three as recent Swan Hill Cup winner, Menin Gate, settled at his wheel.
Fending off the initial challenge leaving the back straight, the gelding was never fully extended to score by five metres from Wrappers Delight, with Audi Hare a metre-and-a-half away third.
Bred and majority owned by Pam and Russell Hockham, Shadow Sax rated 1:52.5 over 1720 metres, taking his record to 22 wins and 10 placings from 36 starts for earnings of $524,280.
The Hockhams recently sold a share in the six-year-old to the Stable Of Stars syndicate, which includes multiple Group One winning horseman Peter Tonkin, father of Stewart’s partner, Clayton.