Rundown: Ascot 19/03/14
Mar 20, 2014
Race 7: 8-Slick Shifter (Clint Harvey)
Race 7: 1400m; FP 12th of 14; Clint Harvey; W9.10 P3.00
Jumped well from B5 and worked forward to race 2nd outside the leader, before easing to gain cover and settle 3rd (2-wide). Held a similar position in transit before shifting out into 3-wide line at the 500m and loomed as a contender when 5th (4-wide) turning for home. Was under hard riding from the top of the straight but failed to respond, working to the line only evenly to finish 12th beaten 2.8L.
Slick Shifter enjoyed the run of the race when positively ridden by jockey Clint Harvey, but he didn't let down as well as we expected him to and the performance was disappointing.
While he only finished 2-3/4 lengths from the winner but he was entitled to finish much closer given the run he enjoyed.
We're going to have to change things up with him over the next couple of weeks and perhaps go back to riding him from behind when he steps out next in the coming weeks.
- Todd Harvey