Shakhimat, coming off a second-place finish as the beaten favorite behind Amis Gizmo in the Plate Trial at Woodbine Racecourse, had his major Queen’s Plate workout on Tuesday, breezing six furlongs in 1:12.80.
“I worked him behind another horse, and he worked quite well,” said trainer Roger Attfield. ”He worked fast, but it was really easy on him.”
Attfield, who will be seeking a record ninth Queen’s Plate win, was far from discouraged with Shakhimat’s effort in the Plate Trial.
“He was noticeably tired after the race,” said the trainer. “I’d never seen him tired before.”
“But he got a good race out of it. He got beat by a better horse on the day and he didn’t lay down on me. Even when he was beaten, he was trying to come back. It was a nice piece of work.”
Attfield plans to bring back Shakhimat for an easy move on Tuesday, June 28, before the Queen’s Plate on Sunday, July 3.
“He seems to be coming along really well,” said Attfield. “If he continues on, he’s going to be as good as I can get him on Plate Day.”
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