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Shinn steers Weinholt to win at Randwick
Caryl Williamson
16:46 AEST Sat Jul 12 2014

Blake Shinn has begun a new phase of his career, kicking home Weinholt for Peter Moody at Randwick on Saturday.

Shinn was the stable rider for the late Guy Walter whose wife Wendy sent out the last runners in the family name a week ago.

Weinholt is trained by Moody who has stables in both Melbourne and Sydney with the three-year-old travelling north late in the week.

Shinn brought the recently-gelded Weinholt ($3.80) from midfield to claim the Sportsyear (1400m) by a short neck from Dowdstown Charlie ($10).

Claire Cunningham, who runs Moody's Sydney operation, said Weinholt had always had promise.

"He is a big, strong, classy horse," Cunningham said.

"I think he has been looking for seven furlongs (1400m).

"He only travelled up last week so I haven't had to do anything except make sure his temperature was right and he was happy.

"He didn't do much wrong when he was a colt but just wasn't living up to his promise so Peter made the decision to geld him."

Shinn will begin a careless riding suspension after he rides for Warwick Farm trainer David Vandyke at Mudgee on Sunday.

"He (Weinholt) travelled really nicely and quickened up when I asked him," Shinn said.

"It has been a tough time but it was great to get a winner for the Walter stable last week and it was a fitting farewell."

Another three-year-old, Tarangower, also created a big impression with his all-the-way win in the 2000m benchmark 75.

Trained by Paul Messara, Tarangower ($10) was taken straight to the front and held on to beat favourite Pajaro ($2.10) by a half neck.

"He is a massive unit and still six months away from filling out his frame," Messara's foreman Barry Wintel said.

"He is going to be a very serious horse."

The win took Clipperton to 77 metropolitan winners, just three short of outriding his 1-1/2 kilogram claim.

The 20-year-old also has an eight win lead over Serg Lisnyy in his quest for back-to-back junior premierships.


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