Phillip Stokes’ Shamino caused a big upset in the Listed Wylie Handicap (1100m) at Morphettville on Saturday, snapping a 22-month drought and completing a treble for apprentice Will Price in the process.
The seven-year-old, whose previous victory came at Sandown on November 14, 2020, upstaged his more-fancied rivals to land the prize at $26, taking full advantage of the fast tempo set by $2.25 favorite Taunting.
Price settled Shamino towards the tail of the field and made the decision to stay near the rail as the others fanned coming to the turn and it paid dividends as he secured a saloon passage through, sprinting clear late.
Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s top sprinter Kemalpasa ($10) ran on really nicely for second while Taunting did a great job to hold on for third in the circumstances.
The $3.70 second favorite Calypso Reign was fourth – he was potentially looking for a bit further – while his stablemate Behemoth ($11) finished off solidly enough for sixth.
Trainer David Jolly gave the three-time Group 1 winner “a pass mark” and confirmed he will now look for a 1200m-1300m race in Melbourne, hopefully on a drier track.
But all honors were with Shamino, who secured his 10th career victory and third at Listed level.
“It feels great, he’s been around mark quite a lot recently, he’s just been (carrying) quite big weights,” assistant trainer Tommy Stokes said.
“He likes to be fresh, so six or so weeks between runs and he just thrives off it.
“The owners have kept the faith with him, so onwards and upwards hopefully.”
Price knew he was going to be in the finish at about the 600m mark.
“Seeing the favorite out rolling like that, I knew he was going to have to stop and when he started to come back to the field I knew I was a good chance,” said Price, who also saluted aboard Moscow Red and Howl.
“I watched his last start and he just flopped out (of the gates) and had a lot to do, but today I was able to get him out and get him traveling.
“I followed a few that I thought could take us into it and we know he likes the wet.”
Earlier in the day, smart three-year-old Sghirippa finally broke his maiden, giving Cassie Oxlade her first metropolitan winner after joining her father Shane in a training partnership.
The speedy customer got rolled as an odds-on favorite first-up but punters stuck strong and went again, backing him in from $1.90 to $1.70, and he delivered in style, leading all the way with the final margin an impressive six and a quarter lengths.
It was enough to bring a tear to the eye of the young trainer.
“It’s great, he’s a nice horse and it’s really exciting to be a part of him,” an emotional Oxlade said.
“He was good the other day but he probably just needed (the run).
“(Justin Potter) got going on him a little bit earlier today and it probably worked out in his favour.”
Originally published as Shamino springs an upset in Wylie Handicap at Morphettville