One to Watch – Ballarat

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday August 11

At this time of year when a three year-old Dundeel colt wins on debut we like to know a bit more.

Hit the Shot gets up in the last stride at Ballarat - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

Prepared by Matt Cumani, Hit the Shot was well fancied in the 1400m maiden at Ballarat, but not expected to beat the hot favourite Holster trained by Team Hawkes.

At the top of the straight his task looked forlorn, but under strong riding from Fred Kersley Hit the Shot powered home from last as the widest runner to nail Holster on the line and win by a head.


There was much to like about the performance and connections may have a horse to have a lot of fun with in the next 12 months as his classic season unfolds.

A $170,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Arrowfield draft for G Tao, Hit the Shot is a half-brother to stakes-placed Moroccan Rose and is the third winner from Redoute’s Choice mare Tang, a full sister to Group III winner Zestful and three-quarter sister to the dam of Group II winner Military Rose.

Hit the shot as a yearling

Tang is a grand-daughter of blue hen Summoned, whose Group I winning descendants include Zeditave, Melito, Greys Inn, Smart Call and Norzita.

Arrowfield Stud sold the full brother to Hit the Shot at Magic Millions this year to Baystone Farm.



Race Result - Hertz Ballarat Mdn Plate 1400m

Ballarat Synthetic Track: Synthetic Time: 1:26.64
Hit The Shot
T: Matthew Cumani J: Fred W Kersley 57
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Tang (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: G Tao
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: D Dunn 59.5
4g Tavistock (NZ) x Lovetrista (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Hawkes Racing
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: J Mott 57
3g More Than Ready (USA) x Cutie Express (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $24,000
V:Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella, Vic
B: R S Bloodstock
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Davali Thoroughbreds, Luskintyre
B: Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm
Scarlett Heart
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: H Coffey 57.5
4m Stryker (AUS) x Izba (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $7,500
V:Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Eddington
B: Alice Springs Turf Club Inc.
Ticket To The Moon
T: Mick Bath J: Thomas Stockdale 59.5
5g Tickets (AUS) x Stage Witch (AUS) (Reenact (AUS))
Inglis 2018 December Monthly Online Sale $800
V:Sarah Murray-Leslie
Amusing Magnus
T: Clint Marshall J: M J Walker 59.5
6g Magnus (AUS) x Miss Amusun (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Surely Shirley
T: Daniel Williams J: Jack Martin 57.5
4m Sepoy (AUS) x Shirl Pegasus (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey, Vic
B: Daniel Williams Thoroughbreds
T: Adam Chambers J: Declan Bates 59.5
4g Street Boss (USA) x Giuditta (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
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