Gosford, Coffs Harbour previews: Grant Allard remains grounded as unbeaten Majestic Shot faces her next challenge

Majestic Shot has been perfect to date and her trainer Grant Allard is hoping it stays that way after the fifth race at Gosford on Thursday.

The Shooting To Win filly has won her first three races to date and all three trials so she doesn’t know what it’s like for a rival to cross the line in front of her.

She won her first race at Orange then Port Macquarie before going for a break.

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Trainer Grant Allard has smart filly Majestic Shot shooting for a fourth consecutive win at Gosford on Thursday. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

She returned from a 14-week spell to win at Goulburn with ease in a Class 2 event.

Now she faces her toughest test in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m).

Allard was talking her down a little, not trying to get too far ahead of himself with his bright prospect.

“She’s done well so far,” he said.

“She’s only a Class 2 horse at the moment so she’s far from a Randwick horse on a Saturday but it’s a start.”

Not many horses win their first three races let alone their first four but Allard is naturally happy his filly is still undefeated.

“That will change one day but hopefully it’s later rather than sooner,” he said.

“She looks well placed. The only concern is that she’s small and has to lug 59.5kg against boys and older horses but where else do you run them.

“She’s been nice going from a maiden to a Class 2 so we’ll get this race over and done with before we get too excited.”

Mitchell Bell rides her again off a three-week break since her last win and she’s the type of horse that takes everything in her stride.

He’ll ride her out of barrier six where she should be able to get cover and stalk the speed before finishing it off at her first run at her home track.

Jockey Mitchell Bell will again partner Majestic Shot. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

“She’s done well since that run. She came home after that run and licked the feed bin and has been her normal self,” Allard said.

“I train at a private track about 15 minutes from Gosford. I did take her to the track last Wednesday because we had a heap of rain so we worked on the pro-ride there.

“It was a safer option than working them hard on the sand-based track at the farm.”

Allard said Majestic Shot would get her chance to get to a much higher level in the winter months which puts next year’s Provincial Championships off the radar.

“She’s won three already and can’t win more than five and it’s a long time away so I think black-type for a filly is far superior to The Championships,” Allard said.

“It’s more important to get black-type for her value later on in life.”

Luna Bea also runs for Allard on Thursday in a Maiden Handicap (1000m) and she’s eight weeks between runs after running fourth on debut at Newcastle.

“She’ll improve but it’s been a while since she’s raced after drawing bad barriers which forced me to scratch then the wet hit,” Allard said.

“She’ll benefit again from this run.”


Luke Morgan knows how good Bumrah is and has placed him to win again at Coffs Harbour on Thursday afternoon.

The five-year-old is shooting for three-straight wins in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1615m) after winning two lesser races in the country of late.

He won the last won well by more than two lengths as a $1.80 favourite and Morgan said he gave him an easier task on purpose to give him a confidence booster.

“That was the whole idea of dropping him back in grade and he got a couple of wins by his name so we’re hoping he gains confidence out of it,” Morgan said.

“He’s only a plain sort of horse but he handles the wet track so that’s one big thing in his favour and he’s more than capable at this level.”

Bumrah’s past four runs have been over a mile so he’s more than comfortable at Thursday’s trip but will have a new rider in Matthew McGuren.

Jockey Matthew McGuren reunites with Bumrah at Coffs Harbour on Thursday. Photo: Albert Perez/AAP ImageSource:News Regional Media

He’ll ride him out of barrier four which should help him get into an ideal position and get an economical run in transit.

“I think it’s his trip. He’s very fit and has had quite a few runs this time in which his to our advantage on a Heavy 10 track,” Morgan said.

“He’ll slot in behind the speed but I’ll leave that up to Matty. I’d say he’ll be in the first four or five though.”

Having removed the blinkers has also added to Bumrah’s form and there’s no reason why he can’t make it win four in a race without a standout runner.

“We took them off a few runs ago so that’s worked,” Morgan said.

“We’ve just been chipping away with him and we’re happy with him. He’s very fit and enjoying his racing. He’s a genuine miler.

“He’s far from a superstar but is very effective on a wet track and this looks like an even race.”

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