Cameo Rush looks in best shape of long campaign: Shelton
BENCHMARK 55 HCP: To trainer John Shelton's discerning eye four-year-old mare Cameo Rush looks as well as she ever has this campaign.
This is despite the mare not having a spell since July last year. She began her current campaign on September 5 and barring several freshen up's has been in constant work and racing since then.
"I keep wondering when she's going to need a break," Shelton admitted. "I don't gallop her in between runs but she's just doing so well.
"She just keeps plugging away. To my eye she actually looks better now than she's ever looked.
"She's bucking around, eating as well as ever and she's ready to rumble again."
Cameo Rush lines up on Tuesday at Grafton in the Blues Brews & BBQ's March 6 Benchmark 55 Hcp over 1206m.
With regular rider Kasie Stanley now a fully-fledged jockey - the event is a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices - Jodi Worley takes over the reins.
Shelton credits Stanley with helping tame the daughter of Haradasun.
"She's (Cameo Rush) is a funny little thing," Shelton suggested. "She was a lot of trouble early on but that's out of her now.
"Kasie rides all her track work and has really done a lot of work helping settle the mare."
Cameo Rush is raced by Lismore based father and son Greg and Terry Youngberry. Shelton is hoping she can register win number three on Tuesday.
"She's racing really well at the moment," Shelton added. "She gets in with a nice weight (55kg) and has drawn good (barrier three).
"I can see her settling in the first four if she begins well. Hopefully she can secure a nice possie in running. That's the plan anyway."
Cameo Rush is coming off a last start narrow second to tomorrow's rival Onslow in a similar event at Grafton on January 24.
After hitting the front at the 200m Cameo Rush was nabbed right on the post by the Cathleen Rode trained galloper, who again opposes Cameo Rush.
Cameo Rush meets that horse 1.5kg better at the weights.
"She (Cameo Rush) probably got to the front a little too early last start," Shelton said. "Kasie said the leaders were going nowhere and when she popped out she was left in front.
"That's just my opinion but I was watching it from the grandstand. She did very well to fight on like she did."
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