WITH retirement looming veteran pacer Go Go Shikari will be given plenty of opportunities to add to his tally before he embarks on a new career.
Following the 10-year-old’s success at Globe Derby last night trainer Mario Borg revealed he is set to retire Go Go Shikari at the end of the season.
“He’s still enjoying racing and going well as last night showed, but he’ll be 11 in January and that could be time to retire him,” Borg said.
“He should be 11 already under the traditional season, but the change in dates due to the Corona pandemic has extended his career by a few months.
“He’ll let me know if he’s had enough before then, but that is the way I am heading with him.
“On last night’s effort he should be able to win another race or two with a similar run.”
Driven by leading concession reinswoman Samantha Pascoe during his latest triumph, Go Go Shikari began well from the pole but was unable to hold out One Night At Themile, which led from barrier two.
Enjoying the run of the race behind the pacemaker, the son of Royal Mattjesty finished swiftly along the sprint lane to score by a metre-and-a-half from One Night At Themile.
Fellow ‘greybeard’ – 12-year-old Bien Hoa – was two metres away third.
Rating 2:00.8 over 1800 metres, Go Go Shikari took his record to 17 wins and 25 placings from 123 starts.
“I expected him to be a good chance from the draw, and once he got the sit on the leader, I knew he would finish it off well,” Borg said.
“Samantha gets along so well with him and got the best out of him, which is why he will start a different career with her once he finishes racing.
“He’ll be a nice riding horse for her and may even become a winning show horse.”