The day Shadow Lord ran 4th

This is a sad story, grab a couple of tissues.


I bought into a handy horse that had come up from Sydney, it was once trained by Joe Pride.


Before we'd got our hands on it, it had amassed in excess of $200,000 in prize money.


So the thing could run.


We had it with QLD premier trainer, Tony Gollan.


After a couple of indifferent starts up in QLD - I thought Shadow Lord had found a very winnable race @ Doomben one Wednesday afternoon.


So I packed up at work early and a mate of mine went trackside to roll up the form guide and get on the whip in the last 400m.


I saw Tony Gollan pre-race, he was confident of it running a good race so @ $12 I launched in each way.


Jockey Zoe White took him to the front, those were the instructions from the trainer, at the 600m mark I had a low pressure system in my pants.


Here's the race.



As soon as they turn for home, poor old Shadow Lord is gasping for air.


He gets put away pretty quickly and fades out, running a weakening 4th.


My each way ticket is confetti and Shadow Lord only had a couple more runs before Tony Gollan deemed the gelding too slow and suggested he be retired.


Ahhh the pre-race optimism, the feeling at around the 600m when he was controlling the tempo of the race, that feeling of thinking that not only was I going to rob a poor bookmaker that had taken my bet, but I'd also gets the prize money from Racing Queensland - it all came crashing down.


I'd already spent it all too, new car, fancy watch and dinner at my favourite restaurant.


But no, not to be, I ate canned spaghetti that night and have never quite been the same.



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