With five Group 1 victories last season it is not hard to see why Blake Shinn is a jockey in demand. While his aggressive attitude and will to win have found him in the stewards’ room a little more often than he would like, it is the same attitude that endears him to punters. In the big races and when the money is on, Blake Shinn wants to win.
Only Hugh Bowman, turbo charged by Winx, rode more Group 1 winners in 2017/18 than Blake Shinn. Shinn’s five Group 1s in 2017/18 showcased his versatility as a rider, with Group 1 success spanning over the distance range of 1300 metres to 3200 metres. Having recently returned from a short lay off, Shinn will be looking to build some momentum starting this week at Rosehill, heading into the Spring Racing Carnival.
Shinn rides for the majority of leading stables in Sydney, but it is his association with the Snowden Team that could prove most fruitful in the short term. Last season they combined for a 20% win strike rate and an impressive place strike rate of over 50%. The Snowden yard is off to a flying start this season, with 10 wins and 10 placegetters from 27 starters. With a number of promising gallopers in their yard the Shinn and Snowden combination look to be in for a profitable period heading into the Spring Racing Carnival.
Group 1 Horses To Follow
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained THINKIN’ BIG is a horse that may get Shinn into the Group 1 winners enclosure this Spring. Shinn has partnered with the 3-year-old colt for 2 victories including a dominant front running win at Canterbury last start. Gai has indicated that THINKIN’ BIG will be targeted at the Victoria Derby this Spring and he is one to watch for in the coming months.
HAPPY CLAPPER, who Shinn partnered for three Group 1s last season, is another galloper looking towards Spring Racing Carnival riches this year. Having chased Winx home on multiple occasions in the past, connections of the 8-year-old gelding are hoping to avoid races featuring the champion mare this season. The Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield looks to be his target and Shinn will once again hope to taste Group 1 Glory then.
Blake’s Best @ Rosehill
On the quick back up for Team Snowden from last Saturday at Randwick. Got too far back last week before running out of ground late. Steps up in distance and this race looks easier than last week. Shinn jumps back aboard and he looks the winner.
Ultra consistent on pace runner who doesn’t know how to run a bad race. Should find a good position in the run and will find this easier than recent runs. A great each way chance.
Has been disappointing at last couple of starts on rain-affected tracks. The Snowden’s have brought him back to Sydney and he gets a firmer track and inside gate. Will sit midfield the rail before working home strongly. A fantastic each way chance at a great price.