Win Comes As No Shock For Keeper Filly

1 Jul 2008

Co-trainer Paul Moroney has rated Wednesday's (2 July 08) easy Matamata juvenile winner
Shock (Keeper x Severe) as a potential candidate for the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas (1600m)  Riccarton in November.

In her fourth race-day start, Shock cruised to an easy two-and-three-quarter length win in the Slattery Contracting 1200 at the Matamata meeting in the hands of Michael Coleman. She started a hot favourite for the 1200m event on her home track.

Moroney said: "She is definitely a filly for the future and we believe she has the ability to be a classic filly next season," he said. "Provided she continues to live up to our expectations I can see her going down to Riccarton for the 1000 Guineas in November."

"She will have one further start as a two-year-old in the (Listed) Ryder Stakes at Otaki at the end of this month and will then be eased up to develop further," he said. "We believe she still has a lot of improvement in her as she is still growing," he said.

"She is very well bred with her dam being a half-sister to the champion Australian two-year-old Burst," said Moroney who purchased Shock for $17,000 from this year's Carnival Sale at Karaka.

Shock is raced by Moroney in partnership with the GG Syndicate and Owen Glenn.

Shock's sire, Keeper (by Danehill) stands at Cambridge Stud.

Keeper has now sired 75 individual winners including this season's Group 1 victors Insouciant (1000 Guineas) and Keepa Cruisin (Levin Classic). The Group 1 winning son of Danehill is the champion sire of three-year-olds in New Zealand of 2007/08.