Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Shadow Roll has relished a change of environment and he impressed at his second outing for talented Banjup trainer-reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2130m Westral Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his second start for Egerton-Green after leaving the care of astute Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams, who started the Shadow Play gelding 43 times for eleven wins and 16 placings.
“I’m cutting back and want to train only about four,” said Williams. “I suggested to Robbie (managing part-owner Rob Tomlinson) to send Shadow Roll to Dylan, who has now got quite a few of our horses. Shadow Roll has had a break and has come back really well with two good runs.”
Shadow Roll put the writing on the wall with an excellent first-up third to See Ya Write and Al Guerrero a fortnight before Friday night’s 2130m event and he was a well-supported $2 favourite from barrier three.
Polemarker Radiant Amber led for the first 100m before Egerton-Green sent Shadow Roll to the front. Shadow Roll dashed over final 800m in 57sec. and won by a half-neck from the $3.30 second fancy Euphoria, who fought on grandly after working hard in the breeze all the way. The winner rated 1.56.6.
Shadow Roll, who has placed at his two New Zealand starts, has earned $93,249 from 12 wins and 19 placings from 47 starts. He is the eighth and last foal out of the unraced Artiscape mare Classy Return.