2008 Melbourne Cup winning Jockey Blake Shinn has put aside Gallante’s performance in the Moonee Valley Cup and believes his has a strong chance from a great barrier draw in the Melbourne Cup.
Shinn took home his maiden Melbourne Cup aboard ‘Viewed’ in 2008 and now hopes for more of the same. This time around he is on Gallante who took down the Sydney Cup this year. Furthermore, he will be starting from barrier two, a position he feels will bring a big advantage.
Gallante is owned by Lloyd Williams and trained Robert Hickmott, a winning combination if there ever was one.
Poor Moonee Valley Cup for Gallante
Gallante could only manage a 7th place finish in his last outing, which came at the Moonee Valley Cup. However, Shinn believes a line should be drawn under that now for numerous reasons. He said:
“People may think he was a little disappointing last start and it’s easy to say that, but there were genuine excuses, leading on that track at Moonee Valley where I feel you just couldn’t do that that day,”
“And he got taken on the whole way. We put a line through that.”
Instead, Shinn feels people should use the second place finish to Jameka in the Caulfield Cup as reference instead. That was his first run over 2,000m and against one of the favorites for the Melbourne Cup tomorrow. He went on:
“Take him on his Naturalism run, second to Jameka, and that’s good form lines,” Shinn said.
“He’s won over the distance in a Sydney Cup. Team Williams have won four Melbourne Cups before so they know how to get a horse ready for the day.
“I’m optimistic that he’s going run well from a great draw.”