Blake Shinn Back to Warwick Farm After U.S. Stint
Blake Shinn desires to ride in the Kentucky Derby. It would represent a personal Triple Crown of sorts to him, a trifecta that includes wins in the Melbourne Cup and the Golden Slipper.
Shinn did some riding in the U.S. over the past five weeks and won 11 races, so he would seem to be a prime candidate for a seat when the Kentucky Derby jumps in May of 2018.
Speaking of his jaunt to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Shinn said, “Riding in America is fulfilling one dream but riding in a Kentucky Derby or a Preakness, that’s out of this world. It’s possible because we’ve got to the stage now where I have met some wonderful people and who knows, one day it might happen.”
Shinn returned to Sydney recently and has his mum’s company ahead of the Sydney spring carnival. He has six rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, so he wasted no time getting reacquainted with proper turf tracks, although the Yanks do occasionally stage turf races.
He might possibly get at least one win, that on Music Addition, a 2YO trained by Peter Robl. The horse is priced at $10 and will have to overcome the $3 favourite Addictive Nature, Gold Standard at $5.50, $6.50 Schubert, Goldfinch at $7 and Blazeray at $8. Music Addition will jump from the fifth barrier, one spot to the inside of the favourite.
Brenton Avdulla will be on Gold Standard, without the worry of looking out for Hugh Bowman as the race for the Sydney Jockeys Premiership enters the final stages.
It may be hard to understand why Shinn would want to run in the States, but ultimately, that is his decision. Given that he is given prime thoroughbreds to ride in Australia, such as Capitalist, the horse he piloted to the 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes win, he certainly does not lack for opportunities at home.