Day At The Track

Shannon readies to bounce back

04:30 PM 03 Apr 2020 NZDT
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While the trots landscape has changed dramatically in that time, only 12 days have passed since Shannon O’Sullivan’s nasty race fall and yet the daughter-of-a-gun will be back in the sulky as region-based racing moves to Bendigo tonight.

O’Sullivan will have four drives, including highly rated Cee Cee In America, and told today’s Talking Trots On Track the Ouyen fall still lingered.

“I was very lucky to walk away the way I did and only have a laceration on my chin,” she said. “Even though that was quite deep, it could have ended a lot worse.

“I didn’t think I’d be nervous, but I’m a bit nervous to jump back on. I think once I’m on the track I don’t think anything will really matter other than driving the horses as best as I can.”

Her return begins in tonight’s second race, the TLC Carpentry 3YO Pace at 7.11pm on Trots Vision, when O’Sullivan will steer Orbie for trainer Kylie Linsell.

“I think she’s a top four chance,” O’Sullivan told SENTrack. “The draw’s a touch awkward, but if you get three back the fence it’s a pretty nice position at Bendigo. It’s not the strongest field of three-year-olds.”

The following race she steers first-up Clem Mcardle in The Edge Equine Pace, when she will come “with one run definitely, but I think there will be a bit of speed on early and late and I think that will suit”.

And then comes Cee Cee In America in the Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers Pace for trainer Greg Norman, which O’Sullivan said was “probably the trickiest race, but probably the horse I have most winning chance on”.

While she said Belittled, drawn inside her, “would be one to watch”, she’ll hope to advance off the gate “and maybe follow it across”.

“I will see if I can get a position up front, that would probably suit best,” she said. “Cee Cee is doing really really well. I drove her in the cup at Charlton, she went really well and was travelling good. She is definitely in form at the moment and this is a winnable race for her if she gets a good run.”

She then completes her night in the last with another Norman runner in Edwin Bromac, who’ll start outside the back row and “either get in the running line or follow the four through and see what happens”.

“It has been in form before (its last start). Hopefully everything goes its way and it gets a good run through the race.”

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