TRAINER of stakes performer Rising Shot David Greene believes the mare is ready to hit its straps as the summer months approach.
Twelve months ago the star on the rise went on a run of form that saw its win twice in the lower grades before finishing runner-up to Coldplay in the Group Two Cal Isuzu Stakes.
Trainer David Greene again has the daughter of Red Giant aimed at the Te Rapa Mile. Beyond that Greene is expecting the horse to be highly competitive in the Humphries Construction Handicap at Awapuni on Thursday.
“It looks a nice race for her and fits in nicely,” the trainer said.
“Her work has been good and I think she’ll be a really good chance.”
Rising Shot will be making the fourth appearance of its current preparation, and Greene believes the horse has been making progression after every race.
“She’s looking pretty good and I was expecting her to run very well at Ellerslie before the weather went against us, but she still did her best under the circumstances,” Greene said.
“She’s better on top of the ground. She’s taken a couple of races to hit peak fitness and she’s there now.
“She’ll have this race and then we’ll look at the Eagle Technology Stakes and the Cal Isuzu will be her main goal.”
Rising Shot is yet to be tried beyond a mile, but expectations are that the horse will cope with more ground as its racing career progresses.
“I think there’s a good chance she can get 2000m, she relaxes nicely and she’s always strong at the end of her races.”