Goulburn preview: Trainer John O’Shea looking to land a winning quartet

Trainer John O’Shea can maintain his stable’s winning momentum with leading chances in the opening four races at Goulburn on Tuesday.

The master Randwick horseman saddles up Indigenous and Cross Creek in the opener, then Scream And Shout (race 2), Running Four Bub (race 3) and Don Arcangelo (race 4).

All of O’Shea’s Goulburn runners are at single figure odds which is a reflection of his stable’s success rate in the last week with the trainer represented by six winners from 12 starters.

This includes O’Shea’s winning treble on the final day of the Sydney autumn carnival at Randwick last Saturday with boom sprinter Lost And Running, All Hallows’ Eve and Rocha Clock.

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Exciting sprinter Lost And Running was the third leg of a winning treble for John O’Shea at Randwick last Saturday. Photo Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

Lost And Running was so impressive scoring his fifth win from just six starts, bolting in over the Randwick 1200m course in fast time, his odds firmed into $26 for the $15 million The TAB Everest next spring.

O’Shea isn’t buying into The Everest banter just yet, preferring to continue to guide Lost And Running through the grades with a black type debut scheduled for the Listed Luskin Star Stakes at Rosehill on May 15.

“Lost And Running has only had the four runs this time in and he had a nice, easy day last Saturday,’’ O’Shea said.

“All going well he can go to the Luskin Star and if he wins that he will have achieved quite a bit this preparation.’’

O’Shea does harbour lofty big-race ambitions for Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes winner All Hallows’ Eve and Rocha Clock.

“I haven’t quite decided with All Hallows’ Eve if we go to The Coast (Gosford, $500,000, May 8) or to the spelling paddock,’’ O’Shea said.

All Hallows’ Eve will be set for the Golden Eagle in the spring. Photo Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“Ideally, we are hoping to run her in the Golden Eagle in the spring so we want to make sure her rating is up a bit higher.

“With Rocha Clock, it’s either The Coast or the Dark Jewel Classic (Scone, $200,000, May 14) next for her. She is going well.’’

O’Shea also has a strong team entered for the rich Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting on Saturday including Sunday’s Kensington winner Faschanel (Crown), Acrophobic (Guineas), Carartie (Clarendon Stakes) plus Opacity, Mr Gee and Kirwan’s Lane in Benchmark 78 races over various distances.

But O’Shea’s more immediate focus is Goulburn where he starts off the day with indigenous and Cross Creek in the fillies and mares 1200m maiden.

Indigenous was unplaced in three starts during the spring but her two barrier trials in recent weeks suggests she is set for a good autumn campaign and Cross Creek has also shaped promisingly in two trials.

“They are both coming up well but I did like Indigenous’s trials,’’ O’Shea said.

Scream And Shout resumes in another 1200m maiden after being placed at the provincials and finishing fifth at the city midweeks during a two-start debut campaign back in the spring.

Horse racing: Kolding wins the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick on April 24, 2021…

Horse racing: Kolding wins the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick on April 24, 2021

“We have a nice horse there called Scream And Shout so we are hopeful of a good run from him,’’ O’Shea said.

Don Arcangelo is a three-year-old gelding by Savabeel resuming on Tuesday after being placed at Gosford over 1900m during a four-start campaign back in the spring.

O’Shea has given Don Arcangelo two barrier trials to prepare for his return in a 1600m maiden.

“Don Arcangelo’s a young stayer who will appreciate the mile,’’ the trainer added.

Running Four Bub, a winner of two of her 10 starts, has been competitive despite missing a place in two runs this campaign but she is in a suitable class 2 race over 1200m.


Golden Avenger might have been beaten six lengths in a recent barrier trial but trainer Cameron Crockett saw enough that day to be confident about his sprinter’s chances of a winning return to racing in the Class 3 Handicap (1100m) at Narromine on Tuesday.

“I was really happy with that second trial,’’ Crockett said of Golden Avenger’s second placing behind dashing front-runner Remlaps Gem in a Muswellbrook barrier trial last week.

“We were only going to give him an easy trial because he is racing (on Tuesday) but he showed he still has that fast gate speed.

“The winner went more like a race than a trial but that is how that horse runs – he runs ‘hot’ all the time.

“Golden Avenger is a bit opposite, he can be lazy but on raceday, he will give you that extra 20 per cent.’’

Crockett has four runners at the meeting including tough eight-year-old Zaunkonig who is resuming in the Narromine USMC Diggers Cup (1300m).

Trainer Cameron Crockett is confident Golden Avenger can get the money at Narromine on Tuesday. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

Zaunkonig has won six races and over $300,000 prizemoney but Crockett conceded the veteran may find the 1300m short of his best.

“Our target with him is the Country Cup at Scone next month,’’ the trainer said.

Crockett is upbeat about Chaready’s chances in the Maiden Plate (1100m) and new stable recruit Five Bob in the Maiden Handicap (1300m).

“Chaready trialled really well at Muswellbrook then we went to Scone for his first start and for some reason he ‘half bunny-hopped’ when the barriers opened,’’ Crockett said.

“When you are running in a 1100m race that put him on the back foot, it all went pear-shaped at the start for him.

“But he picked up and ran on well. He will be better for it (experience).

“As for Five Bob, I’ve only had her in the stable about a fortnight and I’m still learning about her but she has shown me enough to indicate she should run well.’’

Originally published asGoulburn preview: O’Shea quartet to continue winning roll

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