Shuffle The Cash has copped a heap of criticism in some circles over the past few weeks despite the fact he’s a black type winner during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
It’s not so much the horse itself which is being bagged but more the carnival as a whole and he’s simply being used as an example in terms of the perceived ‘inferior quality’ of winners.
There’s always debate about the carnival any plenty of critics out to knock it, however when it comes to Shuffle The Cash he’s one to write off at your own peril.
The six-year-old Gelding has enjoyed tremendous success with Bryan Guy notching up ten wins and 14 placings form his 45 starts.
His most recent win was in the Premier’s Cup at Doomben where he destroyed a field of 16 by nearly two lengths.
His last run was in the Brisbane Cup and his fifth place finish was credible against the likes of Tullamore and Glass Harmonium.
He was due to run on the weekend in the Ipswich Cup but Guy was content with his decision to pull him out and focus purely on the Tattersall’s Cup this Saturday at Eagle Farm.
“It was really an afterthought to go to the Ipswich Cup we were always going to the Tattersall’s Cup,” he said.
One thing he’s not quite so happy about is the decision by the handicappers to increase his weight to 57.5kg.
He carried 53 in the Brisbane Cup and 54kg in the Premier’s Cup.
“Don’t get me started on that, sometimes I can’t understand it,” he said.
Something he will be pleased about is drawing barrier five with Guy knowing that a good run is key to him copping as the second top weight in the race.
“We just hope he can get him into a nice spot and give him the easiest possible run through the race,” he said.
“He worked terrific yesterday morning, I’m very happy with him.”
Guy has a couple of other horses in action at Eagle Farm on Saturday as well and while they’re not quite as fancied as Shuffle The Cash they could still run good races.
Jazz Heart is his other black type chance in the Tattersall’s Mile although he’s been out fo the top 10 in his last two runs.
“He’s been drawing terrible barriers which hasn’t helped,” Guy said.
In the Mercedes-Benz Stakes he has a pair of two-year-olds, Noisy Ocean and Red Royal.
“I thought his (Noisy Ocean) last run was very good, ran 5th in a listed race up here on the long weekend,” he said.
“(Red Royal) won on the Gold Coast, he’s not a bad horse at all.”