Shinn Seals sweet revenge on Fenway

Jockey Blake Shinn gained the ultimate revenge after losing the ride aboard First Seal by beating her aboard Fenway in Saturday’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill

Shinn was dumped off First Seal by connections after the filly was narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) earlier this month.

An emotional Shinn, who is the stepson and stepbrother of Fenway’s co-trainers Lee and Shannon Hope, said it was a massive thrill to provide his family with their first Group 1 victory.

“It’s my first Group 1 for my family and it just means so much,” Shinn said.

“This is what it’s all about, this is a fairytale come true. They’ve been working a hell of a long time for a moment like this and for me to help bring it to them means the world to me.

“I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without my stepbrother or my stepdad, they taught me how to ride and this is a testament to them.”

Settling just behind the speed, Fenway ($21) strode to the lead at the top of the straight before holding off the late challenge of First Seal ($1.80F) by a neck, with Thunder Lady ($51) a further length away in third.

Shannon Hope said he had no doubt the daughter of High Chaparral would run 2400m and said provided she came through the run well, they would press on to Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in a fortnight.

“It’s a great feeling and it’s probably something I won’t get used to,” Hope said.

“She ticked all the boxes and it was a great ride, I couldn’t have been happier with her coming into the race, she just probably hadn’t been ridden properly.

“She’s going to be even better in six months and she’ll run 2400 no worries.”

Fenway has firmed into $6 second favourite for the ATC Oaks with TAB, which has Vinery Stud Stakes fifth placegetter Winx rated the $4.60 favourite.