Shinn’s Strike Rate at Beating Suspensions Envy of Every Hoop
In the future, whenever we make a lucky escape, we might say that we pulled a Shinn, or that we got away Shinn free. What was the name of that Rolling Stones album? Saints and Shinners?
Maybe not, but Shinn has been the beneficiary of good fortune once again by pleading his six-meeting suspension down to four over the most recent run in with the stewards, this one for a charge laid against him in the Man Shake Open at Randwick on May 26.
Shinn was going for complete exoneration, but had to settle his account and take what was offered. Are you listening Paolo Guerrero?
It may seem like a Pyrrhic victory, but what is it they say about half a loaf?
Shinn has had a streak of sorts going when it comes to appearances before the Racing Appeal Panel of the NSW Racing overseers. He has walked away to ride again in his last five appeals.
Shinn is no threat to Brenton Avdulla for the NSW Jockey Premiership. To do that, Avdulla would have to stop riding entirely for the rest of the season and Shinn would have to win 51 times as things now stand.
If we were singular and someone was to ask us if we believed Shinn would be successful with his appeal, we could use the name of the horse Shinn was riding, I Thought So, as our answer.
Another horse name supplies the answer to that one.
Shinn was charged with shifting out To Excess at the 700-metre mark of an 1100-metre race, causing To Excess to be excessively checked.
The lovely benefit for Shinn will be that he will not miss his engagements at Doomben on Stradbroke Handicap Day. He has three jobs, Merovee in the Group 1 Queensland Derby, Seaway in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas and Prompt Response in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Quality.
Shinn does not have a ride at the moment for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, but who knows, he may get Lucky Hussler, given his recent run of luck with the stewards.