Shamus Award Prepares For 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes Test

February 1st, 2013

Trainer Danny O’Brien will be looking for a top performance from Shamus Award this weekend as he attempts to gain a run in the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Shamus Award will compete in the 2013 Chairman’s Handicap at Caulfield racecourse and his trainer is hoping to see the colt finish off in the top two placing.

O’Brien is confident that Shamus Award has matured considerably since posting placings in both the $250,000 Inglis Banner and Group 3 Maribyrnong Stakes last year.

“He’s a lovely colt but was still pretty raw to it all then,” O’Brien said.

The trainer feels a change in gear will make the winning difference for Shamus Award in 2013.

“We’ve taken the blinkers off him because he wanted to charge a bit in those two runs and hence he didn’t finish it off as well as we would have liked,” he said.

“With the blinkers off he’ll relax a lot better and he’ll hit the line a lot better.

“He needs to win or run second tomorrow to be going that way but we’re certainly very happy with him and expecting him to run really well.”

Shamus Award will join another seven horses that are nominated for the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes this weekend.

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