Arctic Shock re-fuels before Moonee Valley return
Ontrack’s talented mare Arctic Shock is having a well deserved break.
The daughter of Shocking went to the paddock after a campaign which saw luck desert her.
She had eight starts for Chris and John Meagher’s Mornington stable and while not able to win she recorded seven minor placings. The only failure came on a heavy Flemington track.
Arctic Shock went to the paddock after a game third at Moonee Valley where she was three wide the trip after drawing the outside barrier.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan said the Moonee Valley run confirmed a couple of things that will be useful when the mare races next.
“I think we have finally landed firmly on how this mare should be trained and raced.
“I am of the strong view that she is essentially a 1600m horse who appreciates being ridden a bit quiet off a good tempo.
"Whilst she has won over 2000m, I think she is better trained as a 1400m-1600m horse and kept on the fresh side.
Morgan has top jockeys Craig Williams and Ben Melham in his corner, with both riders sharing this view.
“I think training her to try and get 2000m-2400m takes the speed out of her and she becomes a bit of a 'grinder'.
“I also feel she is clearly at her best at Moonee Valley. Her top three career ratings are now all at Moonee Valley which is a 'speed' track,” said Grant Morgan.
Arctic Shock will have a few more weeks in the paddock before returning to work with some spring targets at Moonee Valley and Caulfield on the radar.