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Waikato Sprint

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TE AKAU SHARK winning the Waikato Sprint.
TE AKAU SHARK winning the Waikato Sprint. Picture: Race Images Photo

Waikato Sprint is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for sprinters at Te Rapa race course conducted by the Waikato Racing Club.
The Waikato Sprint is run over 1400m. It was first run in 1974 and won by Kings Romance.
The Waikato Sprint is one of New Zealand's best WFA sprints and is a forerunner to many horses coming to Australia for bigger Autumn targets.
Xtravagant won as 3yo in 2016 by an incredible eight lengths.
The great Sunline won twice in 2001 and 2002 – her second win was followed by victories in the Coolmore Classic, Doncaster and All Aged Stakes.
Another Cox Plate winner (Our) Poetic Prince won the race in 1989 and then won the Tancred and Queen Elizabeth in the same campaign.
Top mare Melody Belle began a string of G1 wins including the Otaki Maori and the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes after taking the Waikato Sprint. She kept going later that Spring at home and in Australia.
Te Akau Shark finally won his G1 taking the Sprint when coming from near last in 2020.
The Waikato Sprint was worth NZ$200,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of Waikato Sprint include Te Akau Shark (2020), Melody Belle (2019), Start Wondering (2017/2018), Xtravagant (2016), Sacred Star (2015), Veyron (2012), Mufhasa (2009/2011), Tavistock (2010), Seachange (2008), Darci Brahma (2007), Sedecrem (2004/2005), Tit For Taat (2003), Sunline (2001/2002), Rebel (1998), Snap (1995), Western Red (1994), Veandercross (1993), Mr Tiz (1991), Poetic Prince (1989) and Courier Bay (1987/1988).
The 2020 Waikato Sprint was won by Te Akau Shark from The Mitigator and Kiwi Ida.
Racing and Sports

Previous Waikato Sprint Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) 5G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - BAK DA CHIEF (NZ) CHIEF BEARHART (CAN)
O P BOSSON59.0JAMIE RICHARDS4
MELODY BELLE (NZ) 4M
COMMANDS (AUS) - MELEKA BELLE (NZ) IFFRAAJ (GB)
T N HARRIS57.0JAMIE RICHARDS2
START WONDERING (NZ) 7G
EIGHTH WONDER (NZ) - ROSEANBAR (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
J PARKES59.0J J & E RAYNER2
START WONDERING (NZ) 6G
EIGHTH WONDER (NZ) - ROSEANBAR (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
J PARKES59.0J J & E RAYNER1
XTRAVAGANT (NZ) 3C
PENTIRE (GB) - AXIOM (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
M CAMERON55.5STEPHEN AUTRIDGE4
SACRED STAR (AUS) 5G
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - IRISH NOVA (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
V A COLGAN59.0TONY PIKE10
VIADANA (NZ) 6M
TOWKAY (AUS) - YEAH NAH (NZ) KINJITE (NZ)
C J GRYLLS57.0L NOBLE7
FINAL TOUCH (NZ) 5M
KASHANI (USA) - MY LYDIA (AUS) UMATILLA (NZ)
C W JOHNSON57.0J F PARSONS2
VEYRON (NZ) 6G
THORN PARK (AUS) - OVER THE LIMIT (NZ) CENTRO (NZ)
L G INNES59.0LINDA LAING3
MUFHASA (NZ) 6G
PENTIRE (GB) - SHEILA CHEVAL (NZ) MI PREFERIDO (USA)
S C SPRATT59.0STEPHEN MCKEE9
LORD TAVISTOCK (NZ) 4H
MONTJEU (IRE) - UPSTAGE (GB) QUEST FOR FAME (GB)
J L WADDELL59.0ANDREW R CAMPBELL11
MUFHASA (NZ) 4G
PENTIRE (GB) - SHEILA CHEVAL (NZ) MI PREFERIDO (USA)
S C SPRATT59.0STEPHEN MCKEE13
SEACHANGE (NZ) 5M
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - JUST CRUISING (AUS) BROAD REACH (NZ)
G MCKEON56.5R R MANNING4
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) 4H
DANEHILL (USA) - GRAND ECHEZEAUX (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
O P BOSSON59.0MARK WALKER1
KRISTOV (NZ) 6G
SLAVIC (USA) - SANTA BARBRA (NZ) PIPERHILL (IRE)
J L WADDELL57.5PHILLIP STEVENS7
SEDECREM (NZ) 6G
FALTAAT (USA) - REAL TRIER (AUS) TURF RULER (NZ)
A CALDER57.5COLIN & RICHARD YUILL5
SEDECREM (NZ) 5G
FALTAAT (USA) - REAL TRIER (AUS) TURF RULER (NZ)
G COOKSLEY57.5COLIN & RICHARD YUILL7
TIT FOR TAAT (NZ) 5G
FALTAAT (USA) - MISS KIWITEA (NZ) TRULY VAIN (AUS)
M J WALKER57.5W HERBERT7
SUNLINE (NZ) 6M
DESERT SUN (GB) - SONGLINE (NZ) WESTERN SYMPHONY (USA)
G CHILDS56.0STEPHEN & TREVOR MCK1
SUNLINE (NZ) 5M
DESERT SUN (GB) - SONGLINE (NZ) WESTERN SYMPHONY (USA)
G CHILDS56.0STEPHEN & TREVOR MCK13
TALL POPPY (NZ) 5M
KAAPSTAD (NZ) - FUN ON THE RUN (NZ) RACING IS FUN (USA)
J W WALKER56.0NOEL EALES3

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