Well Into Profit – Shearer
At the 2011 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne, what turned out to be ever improving jumper Shearer was passed in for $70,000 as a yearling. The gelding has now won well over $150,000 and he is only going to get better and better.
On Saturday at Gawler, a track where Eric either wins or places with 1 of every 2 starters he has, Shearer appreciated a huge drop in weight to record a 12 length win in the feature hurdle race of the day. Yes that is supposed to say 12 lengths, not 1.2 lengths! At his previous start, Shearer was burdened with 69.5kg and as we have seen all season, the horses with near 70kg or over are finding it hard to win. On this day at Casterton Shearer was beaten by another improving jumper Gold Medals. Just for good measure, the day after Shearer won at Gawler, Gold Medals won the feature Lafferty Hurdle in Warrnambool. The form is well and truly holding up well.
Martin Kelly gave Shearer the absolutely perfect ride. The son of Reset was up the front, bowling along and when the favourite and the other challengers came, Shearer saw off every wave and just kept getting further in front. He jumped perfectly and really did his connections proud. With a new wave of kiwi jumpers arriving, and horses that were purchased from Europe starting their jumping careers after reaching their mark on the flat, it is good to see a born and bred Aussie like Shearer doing so well. He is improving all the time.
Congratulation to all the owners of this gelding. He started his career as quite a promising flat middle distance horse, and this ability certainly has not left him as we saw in-between jumps on Saturday. This is Shearer’s first season of jumping and he has already beat two of the other promising 1st season jumpers in the process; he has won two good races by big margins and the sky really does looks the limit in regards to this boy’s future. He will be around for a long time to come.