Rundown: Ascot 5/03/14
Mar 06, 2014
Race 4: Slick Shifter (Clint Harvey)
Race 4: 1400m; 10 runners; Clint Harvey; W4.30 P1.60
Jumped okay from 9 but was allowed to drift back behind heels to settle 10th (3-wide with cover). Held a similar position in transit before improving in the 3-wide line from the 800m, and appeared full of running when 8th (4-wide) turning for home. Looked a winning chance when letting down at the top of the straight, but he levelled out over the final 200m to finish 4th beaten 2.0L.
NOTE: Clocked fastest last 600m sectional time (35.75 seconds) for the race.
Slick Shifter's performance yesterday was solid coming from ninth on the turn to finish fourth and running the fastest sectional of the race.
Settled in the early stages by jockey Clint Harvey he was three-wide with cover and had a nice run, and heading into the straight Clint pulled him out and he made good ground. He looked as though he was going to play a part with the placegetters before slightly peaking on his run, due to having the 22 days between runs. He will come forward and improve for his next race.
We are planning on nominating him next for the Ratings 56-68 Handicap (1400m) at Ascot on March 19. He will receive a lighter weight in this event and will prove hard to beat with yesterdays' run under his belt.
- Todd Harvey