Quilts: It’s the moment of truth as four sharpshooters ‘draw pistols at 10 paces’ for a $50,000 winner’s bounty in the Group 3 Shootout. What are your thoughts boys on a showdown for the ages?
Gerard: I spoke to Jason Thompson about his two runners, Alpha Zulu and Transponder, and he couldn’t split them. He did say it was “strange” Transponder was the outsider of the field and was adamant that Alpha Zulu “just leads,” if he gets the start right.
Dale: Never in the history of the Shootout has there been a more even race than the one on Saturday night. Absolutely nothing separates these superstars!
Quilts: I totally agree, Dale. Even middle-distance ‘wizard’ Hector Fawley comes into calculations. His trainer, Lisa Cockerell, says she wouldn’t have nominated him if she didn’t think he had a chance of winning.
Gerard: Delving into the Shootout stats this week Quilts, I found it a little surprising that nine of the last 11 winners have led, with Wow She’s Fast last year and Hooked On Scotch, which was also trained by Jason Thompson, the only ones that have been able to buck that trend.
Dale: Fascinating stuff, Gerard. I’m expecting Big Energy and Alpha Zulu to be going head and head going into the first turn and Transponder will keep his line and should join them but will stay wide going into the first bend.