John Wallace believes that Shoot Out will be at the perfect weight to produce a Doomben Cup win when he takes to the track this Saturday.
The four-year-old gelding is currently two kilos heavier than when he won the AJC Australian Derby as a three-year-old.
“He was 508 kilos when he won the Derby and he’s 510 kilos now,” Wallace said.
Wallace is also thrilled with the barrier draw that was released earlier today, with Shoot Out being allocated gate seven.
“The barrier is perfect,” Wallace said.
The trainer is more than happy with Shoot Out’s track work performance coming into the race.
“He’s done well since the Hollindale and his work on Tuesday was the best he’s done this time in,” Wallace said.
“He’s fit and very close to the same form he was in before he won the Derby in Sydney last year.”
Shoot Out finished fifth last start in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast, and Wallace thinks he can perform much better.
“I thought he was a bit unlucky in the Hollindale,” he said.
“He missed a couple of runs and Scenic Shot pushed him out a couple of times.”
Wallace is hoping that the Doomben Cup will be run at a fast tempo.
“My bloke will go very close but I’d like some speed in the race,” he said.
“Shadows In The Sun could be the one to lead.
“He led the day he won the South Australian Derby.”
While there are rumours that Shoot Out will head to Hong Kong in December, Wallace is adamant that hasn’t yet been discussed.
“I haven’t even thought about Hong Kong,” Wallace said.
“I don’t know where that’s come from.”
Shoot Out has already won seven of his 22 race starts and has accrued more than $1.8 million in prize money.