Shima Sun shines in final

14 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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Shima Sun blitzed his rivals at Luxbet Park in Hobart on Thursday night to clinch The Greg Fahey Middle Distance Championship.

The Margaret Rossendell-trained son of Barcia Bale – Shimaguni flew the lids from box one over the 599-metre journey to match motors early with Surf The Artic.

After a brief battle, Shima Sun darted clear down the back straight, leaving the other top fancies with the huge task of running him down.

Inanna Star, runner-up to Shima Sun in last week’s heats, settled third on the fence but a good four to five lengths off the leader with Le Baz and Celtic Kid a further four lengths away.

Shima Sun increased his lead to seven lengths on the home corner and defied the opposition in the home stretch to win by over five lengths on the line from Inanna Star, with the fast finishing La Baz grabbing third just ahead of Celtic Kid in a time of 34.37 seconds.

The runaway victory took Shima Sun’s overall record to seven wins from 19 starts, including two from two over the track and distance, with prize-money ticking over the $11,000 mark.

Shima Sun has taken to the mid-distance caper like a duck to water, the burning question is will he be given the opportunity to step up to the 720 metres of the Distance Championship.

The National Distance Championship State Heats will be staged on Monday 31 July in Launceston, with the State Final on 7 August and the National Final at Albion Park in Queensland on 25 August.

Watch the replay of Shima Sun leading all-the-way in the Greg Fahey Middle Distance Championship:

Race Replay