Wanganui Guineas for Shame On You

Cambridge three-year-old Shame On You will face a tougher test when he attempts to complete a hat trick of wins next start.

The son of No Excuse Needed followed up a win at Tauranga last month with a gritty performance to beat first-starter Kermit by a neck in the Ekraar @ Linwood Park Premier 3YO (1250m) at Riccarton last Saturday. Now trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have their sights set on the Listed $50,000 H.S. Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m) on September 7 for the promising youngster.

“He’s home again now and will have three or four days off, then we’ll get ready for Wanganui,” said Busuttin. “It’ll be tougher, but it was a gutsy run from him last Saturday to kick back like he did.”

Shame On You had won the last of his four trials before his debut third, three lengths behind Attica, at Rotorua on June 24. He has kept improving with each run, though he has been well-placed by his trainers.

“He’ll probably get over a bit of ground,” said Busuttin. “Every jockey that rides him says he wants 1600 metres plus, so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes. He’s surprised us a bit.”

Shame On You was a $40,000 purchase from last year’s Select Session of the National Yearling Sales at Karaka. He was bought by Busuttin on behalf of Christchurch businessman Trevor Luke, whose long list of winners is headed by Alamosa.

Shame On You is from My Parlay, an unraced Flying Spur mare who is a three-quarter sister to Tully Dane and a half-sister to Mygoodgrace. Tully Dane is a Gr.3 winner in Melbourne who on a fleeting trip to New Zealand finished third in the Gr.1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie. Mygoodgrace won the Listed Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes.

Shame On You’s grandam is Good Faith, who broke down when winning the Gr.1 Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes for trainer Donna Logan. It’s a family which also includes Daffodil, the 2009 Champion NZ 3YO and winner of three Group Ones – the Australian Oaks., NZ 1000 Guineas and Windsor Park Stud Plate.

Meanwhile, Shame On You’s high profile stablemate Sangster is progressing well towards a return to racing in the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on Saturday week.

“He’s going well,” said Busuttin. “I don’t expect him to be a real chance in the Foxbridge Plate. As long as he’s running on at the finish I’ll be happy. It’s just a stepping stone towards getting him to Melbourne.”

The main mission for Sangster is the Gr.1 Emirates Melbourne Cup and he has already passed a couple of tests for the huge assignment. He has won over the 3200 metres, in last March’s Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup, and he has been successful at Flemington, in the Gr.1 Victoria Derby.