One day shy of his second birthday, exciting prospect Shima Shine heads into the TAB Topgun as the baby of the Group 1 invitational field.
Trained by Andrea Dailly, Shima Shine has already set the greyhound world alight winning 10 of his 13 starts and breaking Ballarat’s 450m track record at just his seventh start.
“There is no doubt Shima Shine has a lot of ability, he is a young dog who will now find himself up against the good dogs wherever he steps out,” Dailly said.
And good dogs are what he finds himself up against in the Topgun with eight of the fastest greyhounds over the 500m trip going head-to-head for more than $200,000 in prize money.
Shima Shine has drawn box seven with TAB marking him a $5.50 chance.
“Shima Shine has tremendous acceleration so I don’t think being drawn out wide in box seven is going to make too much difference,” Dailly said.
As part of his preparation for The Meadows, Shima Shine set the Sandown Park track alight with a 29.20sec performance during his first visit last week.
The run confirmed he is a greyhound to watch heading into the TAB Melbourne Cup series, which culminates with the $630,000 final at Sandown Park on 29 November.
Shima Shine’s first split of 4.96sec put him just a length outside 2015 Topgun winner Fernando Bale’s 4.90sec first sectional track record at Sandown.
Shima Shine is not the only greyhound to bring youth to the TAB Topgun field.
Get It Gizmo is 27 months old and has had 19 starts for eight wins — and a third placing in NSW’s Million Dollar Chase last month.
Sennachie, jumping from box three, is the $3.50 TAB favourite to take out his second Group 1 at The Meadows after claiming the Maturity Classic earlier in the year.