Lost And Running begins his second TAB Everest campaign in a red hot edition of the Group 2 $1 million Bowermans Shorts (1100m) and O’Shea is expecting him to show he’s on track for next month’s sprint grand final.
The gelding finished last in the Shorts a year ago but with excuses and he ultimately ran fourth in the Everest behind Nature Strip, Masked Crusader and Eduardo - all of which he will meet in the Group 2 Shorts.
“He’s a bit further forward so we’re hoping that reflects in his performance and he gets an opportunity to run well,’’ he said.
“In the corresponding race last year it was disappointing for everyone and with that in mind we’re looking to be competitive.”
With three wins from four first up performances, the formidale combination of John O’Shea and Hugh Bowman combination will team up with Lost And Running come Saturday
Beaten just over two lengths in last year’s Everest, the 6yo gelding has had four runs since that day, finishing second to Eduardo in the $1m Classique Legend Stakes before winning two including a victory over Overpass in the Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes.
Likely to be there when the whips are cracking, the TAB secured slot runner looks to be just a length or so off the better chances, but there is no reason things can’t fall into place.