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High profile Sydney based jockey Blake Shinn has been booked to ride Unbreakable in the 2017 $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay in Darwin on Monday.

Blake Shinn, above, will be riding Unbreakable in the Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay. Photo by  Sarah Ebbett.

Blake Shinn, above, will be riding Unbreakable in the Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Shinn has just recently returned from a successful riding stint in the USA where he rode eleven winners at Arlington in Chicago and will be transitioning from dirt racing to riding on the oil mixed sand track at Fannie Bay.

Murray Bridge trainer Michael Hickmott confirmed the booking of Shinn via twitter this morning and was thrilled to be able to acquire such a top rider for Unbreakable who is rated a $7 chance for the Darwin Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au.

“Thrilled to confirm Blake Shinn as the rider for Unbreakable, a top chance in the 2017 Darwin Cup,” Hickmott tweeted.

“From dirt racing in the USA, to dirt racing at Fannie Bay. Hopefully he can continue that form to add the 2017 Darwin Cup to his resume.”

Shinn left for the United States after riding at the Queensland Oaks meeting at Doomben on June 3 which included a third on the Chris Waller trained Oklahoma Girl behind her stablemate Egg Tart in the Group 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2200m).

Shinn resumed riding in Sydney at Warwick Farm on July 19 and is yet to find the winner’s stall since being back in Australia but will be in heavy demand over the upcoming Spring Carnival and has already been booked to ride the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.

Unbreakable will go into the Darwin Cup with mixed form and after winning the $25,000 ROANT Gold Cup (1300m) at Fannie Bay on July 7 was well beaten as the $2.90 favourite when seventh of nine to Darwin Cup rival Royal Request in the $55,000 Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m) at Fannie Bay on July 15.

Unbreakable has been allocated 56kg for the Darwin Cup and Hickmott also has Lieder, 54kg, and Wexford Town, 57.5kg, nominated for feature race of the Darwin Turf Club’s Carnival.

Lieder has been installed the $4 favourite for the Darwin Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au and is coming off a last start third to Moon Devil in the $45,000 Buntine Handicap (1900m) at Fannie Bay on July 22 while $21 outsider Wexford Town will be facing a tough first up task after not having started since finishing last of eleven in a 1950m BenchMark 90 Handicap at Morphettville Parks on April 1.

Early market order for the 2017 Darwin Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au$4 Lieder, $5 Billet Doux, $5.50 Royal Request, $7 Unbreakable, $7.50 Folk Tales, $11 Pretty Blonde, Saturday Sorcerer, $13 Whistle Stop, $15 Harrebs Time, $17 Abu Dhabi, Moon Devil, $21 Wexford Town, Spartan Eagle, $26 Electric Crimson, $51 Flying Tormenta, $67 New Empire, $101 Arctic Song, Best Case, Hammered Art, Overdane, Supercoach, War Story.

Weights for the 2017 Darwin Cup (2000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 0031661831 MOON DEVIL G 9 Kerry Petrick 1 56.5kg 81
2 x687732141 BILLET DOUX G 4 Sheila Arnold 2 54kg 73
3 951413×631 ROYAL REQUEST G 7 Neil Dyer 3 59kg 86
4 12x4521x83 PRETTY BLONDE M 9 Kym Healy 4 57kg 86
5 2x33469x72 WHISTLE STOP G 7 Dick Leech 5 57.5kg 83
6 878x20x00x WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 7 Michael Hickmott 6 57.5kg 83
7 70×5614920 WAR STORY (IRE) G 8 Carly Cook 7 56.5kg 81
8 696x172x17 UNBREAKABLE G 5 Michael Hickmott 8 56kg 80
9 142111×195 HARREBS TIME G 6 Tayarn Halter 9 56kg 80
10 1x82553x62 SATURDAY SORCERER G 8 Jason Manning 10 55.5kg 79
11 26×5358324 ABU DHABI G 5 Gary Kennewell 11 54kg 76
12 1321616953 LIEDER G 5 Michael Hickmott 12 54kg 75
13 5×53638080 BEST CASE (NZ) G 7 Carl Spry 13 54kg 75
14 3119×30215 FOLK TALES (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 14 54kg 74
15 6257×76174 FLYING TORMENTA M 6 John Peacock 15 54kg 74
16 2213043×46 ELECTRIC CRIMSON (NZ) G 8 Richard Laming 16 54kg 74
17 532675×416 ARCTIC SONG G 7 Neil Dyer 17 54kg 73
18 087289×870 OVERDANE (GB) G 8 Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 18 54kg 72
19 412238Px23 HAMMERED ART G 6 Carl Spry 19 54kg 70
20 x8737x7698 SUPERCOACH G 8 Danny Penna 20 54kg 69
21 76784×3524 SPARTAN EAGLE G 10 Bob Richard 21 54kg 69
22 1x0780x772 NEW EMPIRE G 8 Garry Lefoe 22 54kg 61


About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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