Easter Cup to outsider The Shallows.

By Gary Newton

A cheap online purchase adds the Easter Cup to the Tasmanian Cup and Golden Apple record.

The Shallows scored an upset win in the $75,000 Ladbrokes Easter Cup after being given the run of the race by 17-year-old Brodie Davis.

After beginning quickly from the standing start over the 2698 metre event, Davis elected to take the trail behind Cool Water Paddy who set a sizzling pace in the lead.

Coming off the back straight the last time Davis moved The Shallows to the outside and the eight-year-old gelding quickly put the race beyond doubt going on to score by 8.4 metres from New South Wales trained Sky Major with a further 4.9 metres back to Masserati in third spot.

The mile rate of 1:58.9s was a new race record,.

The Shallows trainer Heath Woods told Scoring Up Podcast “We bought him on the trade ring website from Ian Stanley as an unbroken two-year-old for not much money.”

The Shallows has now won 23 races and banked $270, 539, his wins in the 2020 Group 3 Golden Apple three months later the Shadyshark Hanover gelding took out the Ladbroke Tasmanian Cup.

“He the type of horse that you need to wind up into the race” Trainer Heath Woods.

The 2021 Tasmanian Cup was a sensation when Bully Delight the Victorian-trained pacer won the $75,000 Group 2 Tasmanian Cup Final by 4.6 metres, but protests were immediately lodged by the drivers of runner-up The Shallows (Heath Woods) and third-placed Lip Reader (Conor Crook) alleging improper whip and foot use by Rhys Nicholson.

Stewards dismissed the protests on the night, citing they “could not be sure” Nicholson’s actions improved Bullys Delight’s performance and altered the result of the race.

But within 24 hours Tasmania’s Office of Racing Integrity revealed it would hold an inquiry into the protest result and Nicholson’s actions.

Decorated former Racing NSW chairman of stewards Murrihy was appointed to lead the investigation and, after taking a range of evidence at an inquiry last week, stunningly overturned the result of the race.

But on Saturday night in the Easter Cup, there was no need for a protest or concern as the heath’s stable star was never challenged in the run down the straight.

For Brodie Davis, it was the biggest win of his short career, it was only the second drive on The Shallows having piloted the gelding when unplaced in the Devonport Cup.

Woods described the Davis drive as A1 “he got him away safely and took the sit behind the right horse (Cool Water Paddy) who took him into the final 400 metres:”

“He the type of horse that you need to wind up into the race” Woods added.

The three major races The Shallows has won have all been standing start events, for a cheap untired two-year-old the gelding has turned out to be more than a useful pacer for his connections.


Brodie Davis scored his biggest win on board The Shallows in the Easter Cup.
Interview with Heath Woods trainer of the Easter Cup winner THE SHALLOWS.

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