It has been nearly a year since Streama graced the winner’s circle, a fact Blake Shinn hopes he can correct when he jumps on the mare in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Shinn has been part of the set-up at Guy Walter’s stable and knows what the five-year-old mare means to the team and how frustrating a series of placings have been in the past six months.
”She has been a sort of flagship horse for Guy and it has been disappointing that she has been going so close without winning,” Shinn said. ”It is a great opportunity for me to get on her and I would love to get her back winning.”
Streama’s last win came in the Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup day last year. Since then she has had nine runs for four seconds, two thirds and a fourth, the latter in the Doncaster.
Of those placings, three were at group 1 level and her return after a Brisbane winter campaign was a final-stride defeat by Veyron in the Warwick Stakes, with Glen Boss in the saddle.
Shinn has never ridden Streama in a race but did all the work on her before the Warwick Stakes. ”We thought she was looking good heading into that race, nearly at her best,” Shinn said. ”She ran accordingly. Guy hasn’t done that much with her since that run but she has a bit of fitness on her side from Brisbane.
”I will ride her in a gallop on Tuesday. She has a great record at the mile and going on her Warwick Stakes run she should be very competitive.”
Toydini, which resumed with a fifth in the Warwick Stakes, will use the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle on September 18 as a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.
”He worked very well on Saturday morning and will have a trial next Monday, which is nine days out from the Cameron,” Shinn said. ”He is going well and I’m just hoping he will get my weight in the Epsom.”
Shinn has close to a full book for the Tattersall’s meeting.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.