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McDonald On First Seal

Thursday, 19th March 2015

Blake Shinn has lost the ride on top filly First Seal following her defeat in last Saturday's Gr1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill. First Seal, who finished runner-up to Plucky Belle after racing wide for much of the race, will now be ridden by champion Sydney jockey James McDonald when she makes her next appearance in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on 28 March. "That's racing," Shinn told racenet.com.au. "These things happen. It's the owner's decision. I respect that and I can only move forward." He added, "One door closing has opened-up an opportunity to ride a horse for my stepdad and I am grateful for that." Shinn was referring to the Lee and Shannon Hope-trained 3YO filly Fenway, whom he will partner in the Vinery Stud Stakes on Saturday week.

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