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Shimmy gives Maskiell season first

06 / 10 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Shim Sham Shimmy (Jason Maskiell) gets up in the last stride to win at The TOTE Racing Centre under lights
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YOUNG Melbourne based apprentice Jason Maskiell notched his first Tasmanian win of the season aboard his Shim Sham Shimmy at The TOTE Racing Centre on Thursday night.

The gelding, trained by Maskiell’s grandfather Ken Hanson, produced a nail biting finish in the closing stages to register a hard fought victory over perennial place getter Astrophobic and Whoforgot Derboots, an eye catching third.

“He ran well last start but he is very raw and doesn’t know what he is doing yet. He is a lot like his sister Tough Tapper” Maskiell said.

Jumping from the outside barrier was ideal for Maskiell as he was able to get the three-year-old to settle in his preferred position.

“He can’t be near other horses as he is petrified of being inside them. The best thing was the outside gate”.

“I wanted to be deep otherwise he wouldn’t let down. It didn’t worry me if I was going to be three deep without cover, the best thing was he was able to get in behind them and relax”.

“I think you will see the real Shim Sham Shimmy next prep” Maskiell said.

Maskiell’s last victory in Tasmania was aboard Stadacona for John Blacker in the $30,000 Tasmanian St Leger at the final night race meeting of last season.