John O’Shea believes Lost and Running has a class to compete in Everest and expects his emerging sprinter to make another statement at Rose Hill.
How can a trainer think of his horse as a candidate for Everest in just two starts?
In fact, John O’Shea knew he would help when it came to carnival time after his debut victory in Lost and Running.
And that was only the first victory in the bush.
“I think he’s a pretty rare horse,” O’Shea said.
“When he won the maiden in the scones, Broke, the opinion I appreciate, told me that it was the highest rated maiden victory in Australia in the last 25 years. It’s clearly 2 It doesn’t take into account the old child. It’s an older maiden horse.
“It gives you a little heart that you have a nice horse, and he kept doing the right thing.”
Perincant’s four-year-old son was spelled out after his second victory in the town of Kensington Truck and returned in a strong order for Landwick’s trainer.
His only defeat in 6 runs was 2nd place, returning 2 runs to Enchanted Heart.
Lost And Running completed his 6½-length dismantling of the mare that had previously defeated the run and achieved his revenge in a big way the next time he collided with a benchmark 88 handicap.
O’Shea was asked if he thought his horse would win with such a margin that day, and he responded promptly.
“Yes,” he said.
Enchanted Heart then won a stakes race that only strengthened the shape of lost and running.
Aside from one defeat, on tracks that aren’t very suitable for him, you can easily see the lost and running connection and his trainer is confident when talking about him.
“Honestly, my goal was to keep him undefeated and get the spot on Everest,” O’Shea said.
“I stabbed my toes a bit with Canterbury, but he redeemed himself at Landwick. Since then, there has been some great interest from slot holders.”
On Saturday at Rose Hill, Lost and Running will audition for his Everest at the listed Ruskin Star Stakes (1300m) for $ 140,000.
He valued the $ 1.45 chance, but had to get out of the Barrier Nine, which could be tricky at the starting point at Rose Hill, a tighter turn than his Homelandwick circuit.
But he has a fast speed to overcome them.
If he wins, and if his price suggests he does, those Everest slot holders who are already keen on him will fight to run him for them. ..
But just because he wins doesn’t mean he’s definitely an Everest horse.
Eleven Eleven is competing in the race for a $ 5.50 chance and he’s a very good horse, but probably not in Everest class, so Lost and Running will qualify for the $ 15 million race later this year. You need to beat him.
O’Shea is confident he can get the job done.
“If he succeeds on Saturday, I think we can inspire something,” he said.
“History tells us a lot about what makes a good horse. If you go to the paddock after winning Saturday, he is said to have a great future.
“He’s overjoyed. He spent the day on the beach on Wednesday, and I can’t blame him, he’s in great order.”
Everest, held in Randwick in October, is naturally booked only by Australia’s 12 best sprinters, with strange international stars on the field.
Early in Lost And Running’s career, it was clearly not worried about O’Shea.
“I think the key to Everest is what Sydney trainers can actually achieve, and I think it’s a realistic, competitive race to run on,” he said.
“If you have a nice sprinter, you have a chance.”
Everest, which was run four times, created an almost perfect scenario, according to O’Shea.
Get the best no matter who they are, they can also indulge in a reserved experience only for those who are at the top of the sport.
“There were races in the country that were once ambitious, but now they aren’t because the clubs and others have decided to put them out of the reach of the general public.” He said.
“Everest is typically Australian, because it’s about sprinters and everyone can have enough horses to win it.
“Some people said it was a race for the rich when it first came out, but it’s not. It makes our race better than anywhere else in the world. The reason is.”
It’s been several seasons since O’Shea left as a head trainer at Godolphin’s Powerhouse Operations.
He said last year he thought it wouldn’t be too difficult to start over and become one of the top trainers again.
“When we went through that stage of having no runners and participating at a high level in the town, there was some scrutiny, but we were always convinced that getting a horse would give us results.” He said.
“Performance is expected in terms of where to be in the Premiership and how many times to win that year.”
But deep inside his heart, he was always thinking of becoming patient.
O’Shea finished the 2016/17 season in Godolphin with 71 city winners.
Two seasons later, he ended up with only 10 city winners. The tally reached 27 next season, this time saddle-up of 31 town winners so far.
“It was a matter of getting the horses to reach the age of racing. The oldest horse I bought is now 4 years old,” O’Shea said.
“Once they have four, there are two or three horses that I wanted to train in the yard. This makes an incredible difference.”
Group 1’s victory at Lion’s Roar was Ossia’s fall highlight and a near miss in another major where Rondinella almost closed the special carnival.
“I would have been very happy to have won the Sydney Cup, which would have made it an outstanding carnival and more than a passing score,” said Ossie.
“The rebuilding phase is over, and we’re still growing from there.
“I still have a bigger team and want to compete a little more, and I want to keep improving.
“I’m just trying to keep producing horses to compete in town. I haven’t changed anything along the way.”
O’Shea isn’t just competing in town these days. If LostAndRunning can withstand the boom at Rosehill, top trainers will be on their way to racing on the richest grass in the world.