Shoreham to Target 2015 Grafton Cup

June 23rd, 2015

Classy stayer Shoreham posted an impressive second in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) at the Gold Coast and will press on to the 2015 Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 9th according to new trainer Gerald Ryan.

Shoreham (outside) looks likely to contest the 2015 Grafton Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Shoreham (outside) looks likely to contest the 2015 Grafton Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Shoreham began his racing career under the guidance of Flemington horseman Saab Hasan and stamped his claims as one to watch through a standout 2013 campaign, highlighted by success in each of the Listed Galilee Series Final (2500m) and Listed The Sofitel (1400m) and a credible third in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m).

Ryan was understandably thrilled with the Reset gelding’s performance in the Tattersall’s Cup over the weekend and is confident the conditions of the 2015 Grafton Cup will play into the strengths of the talented stayer ahead of a return to the paddock.

“The Grafton Cup is three weeks away and looks the right sort of race for him before he has a break,” Ryan told AAP.

“He has pulled up very well and looks as if he has improvement in him.

“The plan has always been the Tattersall’s Cup and the Grafton Cup because Les comes from around there.”

Posting a career total of three wins and a further eleven minors through 35 career starts so far, Shoreham secured several typically competitive results through the 2014 Spring Carnival; running seventh in each of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m), and while unlucky to be balloted out of the Melbourne Cup, ended his campaign third in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).

Returning this year for sixth in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), Shoreham progressed to third in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) before running a close second behind Martinvast in the Anzac Centenary Cup (2600m) on April 25th.

The 2015 Grafton Cup final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, July 6th.

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