Rivals chasing a shadow

Blue Shadow (Sam Spratt) ending her three-year-old season on an impressive note at Te Rapa today.

Blue Shadow (Sam Spratt) ending her three-year-old season on an impressive note at Te Rapa today.

Cambridge filly Blue Shadow closed out her three-year-old campaign in style with a runaway success at Te Rapa today.

The daughter of Dalghar was untroubled by the outside gate in the McMillan Equine Feeds 1200 and she didn’t need to find top gear to win in a canter.

“She’s very good, she’s special,” said her trainer, Graeme Hughes. “It’s a bit frightening really. She’s an exciting sprinter and we’re looking forward to the future.”

Blue Shadow finished fifth in her April debut and she then cleared maiden class at Matamata before beating a tidy line-up of three-year-olds at Te Rapa last month. Her return to Te Rapa today produced the best performance of her fledgling career.

She showed good gate speed to cross the field to lead and travelled comfortably to the turn and when rider Sam Spratt asked her to lengthen stride on straightening she coasted clear to score by nearly five lengths.

“I’m very happy with her,” said Hughes. “She’s done everything right and this is her last start. She can have a break now until the spring.”

Blue Shadow is raced by Colin Bishop, his brother Des and their sister Astrid Morgan. The siblings purchased the filly at Karaka from Seaton Park’s 2015 Festival Sale draft for what now seems a bargain $18,000.

Mystery Show, who earlier this season was placed in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes and the Listed Soliloquy Stakes, was a distant second ahead of last season’s Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial winner Alamer giving Cambridge the trifecta.

– NZ Racing Desk.