Jockey Daniel Stackhouse suffered fractured ribs in a fall at Stawell less-than two weeks ago, but has confirmed he will take the ride on Coronation Shallan in Saturday’s 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Stackhouse has partnered Coronation Shallan through the vast majority of her 29 career starts to date, undoubtedly highlighted by the mare’s maiden black type win in the Group 3 G1X.com.au Stakes (1600m) during the recent Spring Carnival, in which she beat home Queen Of The Turf Stakes favourite Azkadellia.
Stackhouse told Racing Victoria that while less-than ideal, he is comfortable enough in the saddle to ride this weekend and is confident Coronation Shallan will lay a great account for herself in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
“I rode work (Tuesday) morning and felt good enough to ride so I got a clearance to ride for the weekend,” Stackhouse said.
“Brett (Scott, trainer) was pretty keen for me to ride Coronation Shallan – I was pretty keen to ride her as well.
“I’d done all the work and have ridden a lot of winners for Brett Scott’s team and those owners.
“The day will probably take over and the adrenaline will kick in so I won’t feel a thing.
“Probably another week would’ve been a lot more suitable but you’ve got to bite the bullet sometimes and have a crack in these big races.
“They don’t come around all the time for me, so I don’t want to miss out on it.
“I feel very lucky to be back riding and getting as good as I am, because I thought I’d be in a lot worse place to be honest.
“A mile and going the reverse way, that’ll really bring her on and I think that’ll help find her a few more lengths. I’d say we’ll be just behind the speed and in striking distance around the corner.
“She’s a tough horse and she tries very hard.”
Coronation Shallan returned to racing this time for third in the Listed My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for eighth in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) a fortnight ago.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes odds, for which Coronation Shallan can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $101 for success or $26 to finish in the first three.