US stint opens door for Blake Shinn to chase dream of riding in the Kentucky Derby

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Blake Shinn hopes to return a winner at Warwick Farm
on Wednesday.

BLAKE Shinn has already won a Golden Slipper and a
Melbourne Cup and the champion jockey has opened the door to
chasing a Kentucky Derby.

Shinn arrived back in Sydney on Tuesday morning after a
successful five-week stint in the US, where he booted home 11
winners and formed relationships that might one day lead to
Triple Crown glory.


“Riding in America is fulfilling one dream but riding in a
Kentucky Derby or a Preakness, that’s out of this world,’’
Shinn said. “It’s possible because we’ve got to the stage now
where I have met some wonderful people and who knows, one day
it might happen.

“I am really truly blessed to having gone to America and
thankful to all the people that made it happen. I look forward
to getting back there and we’re one step closer to who knows,
maybe getting to a Kentucky Derby.’’

Blake Shinn is happy to be home after a successful stint riding in the US.

Blake Shinn is happy to be
home after a successful stint riding in the

As much as Shinn enjoyed his time away, he is eager to get back
into the swing of Sydney racing.

“I am glad to be home,’’ he said. “I have got my mum up here
from Melbourne with me, getting off the plane and seeing her
was beautiful. I am rapt to be back in Australia and looking
forward to the next coming months and hopefully having a big
spring carnival.”

Shinn has six rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday and is a
strong chance to get an early win on the Peter Robl-trained
Music Addition in the ATC Pluck @ Vinery Handicap (1100m).

The son of Widden Stud resident sire Your Song ran his rivals
off their legs to win on debut at Gosford — at odds of $61 —
last month before a solid fourth at Randwick.

“He’s trained by my best mate and he was super impressive at
his first start, he won like an even money shot,’’ Shinn said.

Blake Shinn hopes to return a winner at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Blake Shinn hopes to return a
winner at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Source:News Corp Australia

“He put the writing on the wall at his next start when he was
up significantly in class but he performed admirably. On that
performance, I expect him to be extremely hard to beat and
hopefully I can get a winner at one of my first few rides back
for Peter.’’

Shinn partners Team Snowden mare Pepperberry in the ATC
Schweppes Handicap (1600m). She was a winner two starts back
and is coming back from Saturday company to the midweeks.

“The only negative is the wide draw but she’s an
ultra-consistent mare who is down in grade,’’ Shinn said. “She
looks well placed but it’s essential that she needs to get the
right run.’’

One of Shinn’s most intriguing rides is the Wangaratta visitor
Kabrocco who has earned his allotted 61kg in the ATC #Theraces
Handicap (1100m). “Kabrocco has won five of his nine starts all
of them around this kind of trip so he looks a very good chance
again,’’ Shinn said.

Williams locked in

CRAIG Williams has been confirmed to ride Golden Slipper winner
and Everest contender She Will Reign when she returns to racing
in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on
September 29.

Trainer Gary Portelli added Slipper-winning jockey Ben Melham
will be back on board the filly for the $10m The Everest
(1200m) on October 14 at Randwick where she will carry 51kg.

Originally published as
US trip fuels Shinn’s Derby dream

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