October 29, 2020 4:55 pm. John O’Shea will saddle up bettering mare All Saints’ Eve within the $7.5 million Golden Eagle.
John O’Shea will likely be ensuring he’s carrying his fortunate purple tie when All Saints’ Eve competes for a slice of the $7.5 million Golden Eagle pie on Halloween.
The Randwick horseman is perhaps a no-nonsense coach however he has a superstitious streak.
A gifted rugby league participant in his youth, O’Shea admits he had a number of rituals to carry himself good luck on the soccer subject and nonetheless appears to be like for charms as a horse coach.
“I used to do some frightful issues once I performed soccer out of superstition,” O’Shea mentioned.
“You used to place your mouthguard in varied locations as a result of whenever you performed nicely the week earlier than you had it in your left boot or no matter. You’d strive something.”
O’Shea’s superstition will likely be tenfold when he saddles up the beautifully-named All Saints’ Eve, a daughter of Encosta de Lago mare Halloween, on the day of the ghoulish celebration.
The race has been the mare’s goal for the reason that begin of her marketing campaign so O’Shea has been ready for the date and title coincidence.
And he will likely be carrying his fortunate tie to beat back any dangerous vibes.
“My mum gave me a tie for my 50th and to be sincere, since she gave me that tie issues have been going fairly nicely,” O’Shea mentioned.
“It’s the one tie I’ve worn since about October final 12 months.”
All Saints’ Eve has received two of her three begins this preparation and happy O’Shea along with her last-start midfield end within the Angst Stakes when she drew vast and received again in a slowly run race.
With James McDonald in Melbourne, O’Shea has locked in Sam Clipperton to associate her within the Golden Eagle (1500m).
The younger jockey was the No.2 seed at Godolphin throughout O’Shea’s tenure earlier than deciding to take up a using contract in Hong Kong.
He returned to Sydney final 12 months and O’Shea has been one in all Clipperton’s largest supporters.
“I vote with my toes. We love Sam and we predict he’s received quite a bit to carry to the desk and consequently we have been very early to safe him on this race,” O’Shea mentioned.
“Since he’s been again from Hong Kong, he simply hasn’t received that huge winner but and when that comes, everybody desires to assist Sam….he’s not a great distance off actually setting the world alight.”
Simply as Clipperton is in search of a change of luck in a characteristic race, O’Shea has likewise been knocking on the door.
From a restricted variety of stakes runners he has managed seconds within the Spring Champion with Lion’s Roar, the Brian Crowley with Tommy Gold and final week’s Metropolis Tattersalls Cup with Rondinella.
All Saints’ Eve would possibly simply be the omen horse to offer O’Shea that fortunate break.