Chris Waller’s tough gelding Shoot Out produced a fighting performance to claim a second consecutive Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) win in the day’s feature race at Warwick Farm today.
Replicating his form from the spring when he won the Group 1 George Main Stakes without a lead-up, the six-year-old delivered an outstanding finish to come from deep in the field and run down outside hope Monton.
It was the fifth Group 1 win for the son of High Chaparral who needed every bit of the short Warwick Farm straight.
An emotional Waller said it was a “pleasure” to have a horse of the calibre of Shoot Out in his stable.
“He needs no introduction and it’s a pleasure to be carried on the ride with him,” Waller said.
“These types of horses they are exceptional and we’re not used to them as they are few and far between.”
Shoot Out finished second to More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile during a successful autumn campaign last year and Waller indicated that will again be the likely direction.
“I think he’s fairly weighted in the Doncaster. From memory he’s got 57.5kg, half a kilo more than he had last year,” he said.
“More Joyous, if she doesn’t run, I think he’s the best weighted horse in the race.”
The former Queensland galloper has now won 10 of 33 starts and and collected more than $3.1 million in prizemoney.
Shoot Out’s nine-year-old stablemate Danleigh, who won the Chipping Norton Stakes in 2011, produced a brave effort to finish third.