HAVING turned down a substantial offer for their pride and joy, long time owners Pam and Russell Hockham decided the cause was right when electing to release a share in Shadow Sax.
Bred and owned by the Hockhams, Shadow Sax was recently the subject of a large offer from American interests, which was subsequently knocked back.
“It was big money to sell him to America but we said no,” Pam revealed. “We’ve had some good horses over the years, but none like Shadow Sax.
“He’s the kind of horse you hope for, so if we were to sell him now that we have him, we may as well get out of the game.”
A visit from Harness Racing Victoria board member Danny Frawler persuaded the Hockhams to part ways with a share in the son of Shadow Play.
Frawler has put together a syndicate in hope of increasing publicity for harness racing, with the crew joining the Shadow Sax ownership in time for tomorrow night’s Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton.
“Danny approached us with the idea, and after giving it some thought, we decided to go with it,” Hockham said. “If it can help lift the profile of the sport for a while then that’s a good thing, plus the money the group gets will be going to charity.”
Last season’s ‘Cups King’, Shadow Sax heads into the Grand Circuit opener second-up from a spell, having finished second in last weekend’s Smoken Up Sprint.
The Emma Stewart-trained gelding has drawn barrier nine, which see him follow Tiger Tara and Chicago Bull at the start.
“I’m very happy with his draw,” Stewart said. “Hopefully he gets a good run through early and can settle in a handy position.
“His work has been terrific this week and he will certainly improve on his first run back from a break.”