Co-trainer Dan Pearce says Pushin’ Shapes is almost certain not to chase a Goldfields treble after setting a modern day record to win the $100,000 Listed Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on Sunday.
In contrast to 12-months ago, Pushin’ Shapes, perfectly ridden by Joe Azzopardi, settled closer in fourth position and ran on strongly to defeat pacesetter Gloryland by a neck.
First Affair led home a chasing pack for third, ahead of Thidwick The Moose and Toppa Da Wozza, who ran fourth and fifth place respectively.
Pushin’ Shape’s victory was sweet revenge after he got too far back in last year’s Coolgardie Cup before finishing a slashing fourth behind Bollywood Blitz.
Pushin’ Shapes, who took career earnings to almost $400,000, became the first horse since 1983 to win the Coolgardie Cup with 59kg.
Pearce said Pushin’ Shapes deserved his victory.
“He is honest and it’s good to see him chipping away,” Pearce said.
“We were happy with him and his whole prep has gone super.
“We were happy going into the race and the weight is relative to the rest of the field.
“I wouldn’t have swapped him for any other horse in the race.
“He has pulled up super.”
Pushin Shapes ran seventh in last year’s Boulder Cup (2100m) and didn’t progress to the Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m).
Pearce believes the Coolgardie Cup will be Pushin’ Shape’s swansong in the Goldfields this year.
“Our plan is to go to the Northam Cup,” Pearce said.
“We went up for the Boulder Cup last year and in our opinion he didn’t run out the trip.
“My initial thoughts are to go to Northam in about six weeks’ time.”