The latest in Darwin racing carnival news is that Sheahan is looking likely to gain a start in the 2012 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay Racecourse next Monday August 6, 2012.
The four-year-old gelding had to win the $47,500 Metric Mile at Fannie Bay last start in order to gain a start in the $185,000 Darwin Cup.
The Darwin Cup marks the culmination of eight days of racing as part of the Darwin Cup Carnival.
Jockey Scott Hillebrand was confident going into Saturday’s Metric Mile aboard Sheahan, who had won his previous race start.
“I’m well aware of the situation and pretty relaxed about it,” Hillebrand said prior to the race.
“The feeling for me is more of the excitement and the challenge to get him into the Darwin Cup, rather than being nervous or feeling the pressure if he doesn’t.”
Sheahan has won five of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $123,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.