Shark Looking Good For Cronulla Star

Rugby league star Paul Gallen could kick some big goals in racing if the exciting Kiwi four-year-old Te Akau Shark continues his rise to stardom.

Te Akau Shark
Te Akau Shark Picture: Trish Dunell

Te Akau Shark is part-owned by Gallen and several of his Cronulla Sharks team mates. They are members of the Te Akau Racing syndicate who race the Rip Van Winkle gelding.

His dominant victory in Saturday’s G3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings took his record to four wins from just five starts and has stamped him as a future G1 winner.

Te Akau Shark was a $NZ 230,000 NZB Ready to Run Sale purchase by Te Akau chief David Ellis, who also shares in the ownership. He had been passed as a yearling at the 2016 Karaka sale on a reserve of $70,000.

The gelding’s dam is the G2 Waikato Gold Cup winner Bak Da Chief (Chief Bearheart), a half-sister to the dam of the G1 winner Pondarosa Miss (High Chaparral) and her brother, the multiple stakes winner Ecuador.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale has unearthed numerous big-race performers in recent years and Te Akau Shark is poised to join them.

The 17 G1 winners sold through the sale include Mongolian Khan, Gingernuts, Vin De Dance, Turn Me Loose, Gaultier, Dukedom and Hall Of Fame.

David Ellis, an increasingly major Ready to Run player, also bought Gingernuts and Hall Of Fame from the sale.

Te Akau Shark began his career with two wins last spring before a fourth in the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. That remains his only defeat, having begun his four-year-old season with back-to-back wins at Hastings.
Racing and Sports

Hastings

Saturday, 06th October 2018

9
17:10
(local)

Red Badge Spring Sprint (G3)

WT: 53.0kg Type: OPEN
NZD $70,000
1400m TURF DEAD
  • 1st NZD $43,750
  • 2nd NZD $14,000
  • 3rd NZD $7,000
  • 4th NZD $3,500
  • 5th NZD $1,750
9
17:10
(local)
NZD $70,000
1400m DEAD

Laurels Function Centre Mdn

WT: 53.0kg Type: OPEN
  • 1st NZD $43,750
  • 2nd NZD $14,000
  • 3rd NZD $7,000
  • 4th NZD $3,500
  • 5th NZD $1,750
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) 4yo G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - BAK DA CHIEF (NZ)
MICHAEL COLEMAN
JAMIE RICHARDS
$2.00
53.0kg
S Mace, D C Ellis, P Gallen, G Taylor, C Russell, M Allenby, W Knight, R Redwood, W Thrupp, J & P Hepburn, D & R Rudd

Sales Information

2nd 4. LOVE AFFAIR (NZ) 5yo M
SAVABEEL (AUS) - ROMANCING (NZ)
MATTHEW CAMERON
MURRAY BAKER
$4.50
54.5kg
G J Chittick
3rd 5. MAGNUM (NZ) 6yo G
PER INCANTO (USA) - SOUND LOVER (NZ)
SAM SPRATT
LAUREN BRENNAN
$15.70
54.5kg
Sam Williams, Ben Falloon, Jason Fleming, Justin Knight, Johnnie Walker, Peter Taylor, David Wallace & Michael Wallace

Sales Information

4th 1. WAR AFFAIR (NZ) 8yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - KRISTIQUE (USA)
JASON WADDELL
STEPHEN MARSH
$33.90
61.0kg

Sales Information

5th 3. AMARULA (NZ) 6yo G
THORN PARK (AUS) - SHORTBLACKMINI (NZ)
SHAUN M MC KAY
PETER MCKAY
$12.10
57.5kg

Sales Information

6th 10. VINEVALE (AUS) 6yo M
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - EDEN VALLEY (NZ)
CAMERON LAMMAS
CHRISTOPHER GIBBS & MICHELLE BRADLEY
$58.70
53.0kg

Sales Information

7th 9. TIPTRONIC (NZ) 5yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - TIPTOES (NZ)
SAMANTHA COLLETT
GRAHAM RICHARDSON
$12.30
53.0kg

Sales Information

8th 2. BOOTS 'N' ALL (NZ) 6yo G
PERFECTLY READY (AUS) - STEEL STILETTOS (AUS)
J R LOWRY
L W ROBINSON
$35.40
58.0kg

Sales Information

9th 7. SCANDALO (NZ) 6yo G
SHOCKING (AUS) - GRANDISSIMA (NZ)
CHRIS JOHNSON
PATRICK CAMPBELL
$32.40
53.5kg

Sales Information

10th 12. NOT USUAL HEART (AUS) 4yo M
SHOW A HEART (AUS) - FURZE (AUS)
RYAN ELLIOT
CHRISTOPHER GIBBS & MICHELLE BRADLEY
$91.30
53.0kg

Sales Information

11th 8. DEALS IN HEELS (NZ) 5yo M
IFFRAAJ (GB) - FASCINATOR (NZ)
R J MYERS
MURRAY BAKER
$21.90
53.0kg
12th 6. UGO FOSCOLO (NZ) 5yo G
ZACINTO (GB) - BEQUESTS (NZ)
DANIELLE JOHNSON
STEPHEN MARSH
$10.70
54.5kg

Sales Information

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