With a five month suspension hanging over his head it must be tough for Shane Scriven to remain focused on the job at hand but that’s exactly what he’s planning to do this weekend.
“I’ll win the Doomben Cup first on Saturday and worry about the appeal later,” Scriven said.
Scriven will be hauled back in front of officials this Monday in relation to the whip stealing incident at Ipswich which dominated headlines right around the country.
Scriven will be aboard Scenic Shot in the Doomben Cup tomorrow and is looking for a second win in a very successful partnership.
They won the Doomben Cup in 2009 but depending on the appeal outcome on Monday, tomorrow could be his very last Group 1 ride.
Still, if it’s going to be his last ride he’s going to make it a good one and he’s confident the now nine-year-old gelding has never been in better form to win the race.
He should know too as he’s ridden the hors eon numerous occasions including following him to Flemington in 2009 to win the Mackinnon Stakes.
As far as Scriven is concerned age is no barrier and there will be no excuses for anything less than victory.
“He ran a nice race when he ran third in the Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast last run and I couldn’t be happier with him,” Scriven said.
“His enthusiasm is better than ever and the Hollindale at the Gold Coast wasn’t the ideal race for him.
“It was a race which just fitted in well on his program for the Doomben Cup.
“In another 50 metres he would have won.”
Scenic Shot was the driving force behind Scriven seeking a stay of proceedings on his suspension and he genuinely believes his best chance of success lies with him.
“He’s better than ever and still has that zest,” Scriven said.
“He’s an old warhorse and he still has the determination to win.
“Before he won the Doomben Cup two years ago he ran okay in the Hollindale Stakes beforehand but his Hollindale run this time was a lot better.”
If he’s going to win the race he’ll need to overcome My Kingdom Of Fife which has dominated since arriving in Australia from England.
That included a win over Scenic Shot last start and with a Group 1 to his name this season he’s a deserved favourite in the race.
Scriven isn’t quite as convinced about the second favourite though Glass Harmonium which ran second in Hollindale first up in Australia.
“If Glass Harmonium has improved from the Hollindale he’ll be a definite chance again,” Scriven said.
“But quite often horses who race well in their first Australian run don’t do it again.”
Obviously that’s a sentiment which isn’t shared by the rider of Glass Harmonium Hugh Bowman.
“He really attacked the line (in the Hollindale) and will benefit with that run under his belt,” Bowman said.
“He could improve five lengths, I’m not saying he’s going to improve five lengths but he could.”