SA TROTS Aces Daughter model of consistency

CONSISTENT pacer Aces Shadow has drawn to kick-start the New Year on a perfect note.

Unable to win from 12 outings last season, Aces Shadow will begin from the pole at Globe Derby tonight.

Although he has been found wanting, the reliable son of Shadow Play has notched six placings.

“It would have been nice to see him get a win on the board, but he still did well in what was his first campaign,” trainer Ray Holberton said.

“He’s only had a dozen starts and is still learning what it’s all about.

“I’ve got no doubt he is capable of winning tonight, but he is still at least six months away from being where he should be.”

To be driven by Tiana McMahon, Aces Shadow is expected to be sent forward in an attempt to lead throughout.

“I’ll be wanting him to come out the best he can,” Holberton said. “He’s best suited when allowed to travel along at an even pace.”

Holberton will also be represented by Uncle Leo later in the card.

To the veteran horseman’s delight the son of Always A Virgin will also begin from the pole with McMahon holding the reins.

“He had a few issues last season, and seemed to lose his dash, but his work has been strong and he should be well,” Holberton said.

“He’s got the draw to do it and it will be good to see him back in winning form.”

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Photo:  Walter Bulyga