Pushin’ Shapes wins on debut in Melbourne for Oakland Park
Wow, how good was that! We haven’t felt that excited about a win for some time. As we have mentioned before, it is always a thrill to win a race in Melbourne.
Well done to Team Pearce and congratulations to the partners that race him with Oakland Park.
Pushin’ Shapes was bred by us from our former resident stallion Viscount, out of the Suave Dancer mare, Smooth Mover, a dam line we have had a lot of success with.
He now takes his earnings to $601,700. Based on the strength of his win, we are looking forward to him adding to that total considerable as he goes through this Melbourne campaign targeting a number of provincial stakes races.
The pleasing aspect of his win is it again showcases the quality of the Western Australian racing product.
West Australian article by Jay Rooney
WA’s raid on the Melbourne spring carnival continued when Pushin’ Shapes recorded a shock win at $61 at Caulfield today.
Ridden by champion WA jockey Damien Oliver, Pushin’ Shapes ran on from fourth to win the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1700m) by 1-1/2 lengths.
The Dan and Ben Pearce-trained gelding’s victory followed the upset win by $101 roughie Gatting in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington earlier this month.
A winner of the Northam Cup (1600m) and Coolgardie Cup (1760m) in WA, Pushin’ Shapes improved on his first-up 11th in the Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont Park.
“To tell you the truth I’m a bit stumped and very pleasantly surprised,” Dan Pearce said post-race.
“He was in a bit of a tricky spot at home and we thought he might be a bit better suited in some country cups here.”
Oliver was thrilled to lift Pushin’ Shapes to victory in the famous colours of WA stud, Oakland Park.
“It was nice to win in these colours, old Northerly’s colours…and it’s always nice to have a winner for WA people,” Oliver said.