Passing Shot Kiwi Sprinter to Moonee Valley
In many racing circles, a New Zealand breeding ground is associated with horses of the staying variety, but Passing Shot departs from that stereotype and displays the sort of sprinting prowess that has his trainers, Stephen McKee and Eddie Chippendale, preparing to move to the mainland to run at Moonee Valley.
The two men think that the Group I Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in late September would be a realistic target for the 2011 son of Australian sire Swiss Ace and Kiwi dam Derrydane. The majority of Passing Shot’s bloodline seems to carry a heavy influence of North American horses, including Danehill and Danzig of the U.S., with Canada’s Northern Dancer appearing on both sides. Further back, Australia’s Bletchingly makes an appearance.
Passing Shot has won his last two starts at Listed level, including the 1200 m NZB Finance Sprint at Hastings.
The five-year-old will try his fortune at sprints at Moonee Valley and if he does try the Group I Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at 1400 m, it will be his second time at that distance, the other being the Group II Wellington Guineas at Trentham in 2015, where he finished second.
His best win to date was the Group III Mr. Tiz Trophy at Ellerslie in 2015. He has made 24 starts for nine wins and four placings.