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TROUBLE SHOOTER. 08 February 2016. Delegator-Khibraat. Owner-T M Clarke.

Trouble Shooter arrives at Oakwood stables as the winner of five of his 26 starts to date, having raced for three other trainers previously. He is a son of Delegator, who of course is also the sire of our stable star Cornerstone Lad, and our three times winner The Rutland Rebel. His dam is a daughter of the top class miler Alhaarth, who raced on three occasions back in 2007, but never got competitive. At stud she has produced six offspring that have seen a racecourse, including the 104 RPR rated flat performer Cavaleiro.

Trouble Shooter didn't make his debut until August of his two year old season, and in five starts on the turf, and on the all weather, he never showed any real promise. In a first time visor, on his first visit to Southwell in February 2019, he finished fifth in handicap company, over seven furlongs, five and a half lengths behind the winner, from a mark of 54. His next five starts saw him finish within seven lengths of the winner each time, with a best finishing position of third. It was in June at Yarmouth on his 12th start, on heavy ground that he first got his head in front, over 10 furlongs, and from a mark of 46. Three days later at Wolverhampton, and stepping up to 14 furlongs for the first time, he finished a never nearer fifth, beaten by eight and a half lengths.Over the same trip at Chelmsford in early August, he proved he stays the distance, when running on late to be runner up.

Trouble Shooter would now enter his golden period, as he won his next four starts, beginning at Thirsk on August 9th, where he won over 12 furlongs on soft ground,11 days later he followed up over the same trip on good ground at Chepstow. He stepped up to two miles at Kempton in September, and after running in snatches, he finished his race strongly, for a one length win. He completed the four timer on October 9th at Newcastle, when dropping in trip to the extended 12 furlongs, seeing his handicap mark climb from 48 to 71 for those four successes.His final start for his first trainer Shawn Keighley was two weeks later at Wolverhampton, where he finished a respectable fourth off of his new mark.

Trouble Shooter wasn't seen again for the next nine months until reappearing at Thirsk, and now in the care of the Richard Guest yard, where he finished seventh of the nine starters. There would be another seven month break until February 2021 until we next saw him, and now in the hands of the Conrad Allen yard, he finished a 12th fourth at Southwell. Two more runs down the field, were followed by a return to form at Yarmouth in May, when he finishing second from a much reduced mark of 58. In June he made his hurdles debut at Southwell, making a promising start by finishing third in a maiden hurdle, just five and three quarter lengths behind the winner. His latest start was also at Southwell over hurdles in June, but after a couple of mistakes, he weakened from two out to be beaten 28 lengths, into fourth place.

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