Ballarat victory was no Shock
May 14, 2017
The manner of his win was unintended but What A Shock showed his undoubted talent with his decisive victory at Ballarat.
What A Shock started his campaign with a struggling effort on heavy ground but improved sharply on firmer footing when second at Bendigo before his latest win.
The pre-race plan was to take a sit off the speed but jockey Damian Lane said circumstances changed when the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper bounded quickly from the barriers.
What A Shock enjoyed his time in front to the home turn before outsprinting his opposition in the straight to score comfortably by more than a length.
“He did a good job,” Lane said.
“I didn’t intend to lead but he jumped so well and I let him cruise across.
“He just pricked his ears and he was having a wow of a time out there in front and he was too strong.
“He’s a horse that the boys have had a few issues with and have done well to get him back to his best form and he’s got a lot of upside.”
What A Shock was placed twice in town during his last preparation and could head that way again in the coming weeks after posting his second win in 10 starts, which took his stakes tally to more than $55,000.
Congratulations to What A Shock’s owners and great stable supporters First Light Racing as well as all involved with the exciting galloper’s victory.