Shop Til I Drop ready to fire

15 May 2021 02:05:52 GMTPlus10

Shop Til I Drop takes her place in the Listed Centaurea Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Morphettville off the back of a smart runner-up effort at the track in the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes at a mile.

Five-year-old mare Shop Til I Drop (5.00) will have to contend with the Peter Moody-trained In Good Health (4.20), rated 20 handicap points her superior yet required to concede only 1.5 kilograms.

I think this is a real opportunity for her to pick up a good Stakes race.

Calvin McEvoy

Calvin McEvoy, who co-trains with his father Tony, isn't too concerned though and is confident of another good effort.

"It's been the race we have targeted and I don't think the other horse (In Good Health) doesn't need to show up for her to win," McEvoy said. "I think this is a real opportunity for her to pick up a good Stakes race."

Shop Til I Drop has placed second at a mile in both runs this preparation, off an 18-month absence, but landed a Benchmark 70 at the course and distance early in her four-year-old season.

"She had three trials into her first-up run, which was enormous, then the second-up run was also enormous, so we're confident she'll relish it," McEvoy added.

Barend Vorster has been in the saddle for each of the mare's last six starts, winning three and placing second twice.

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