After impressing with victory in the Gr.1 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton earlier this month, Te Akau Shark has plenty of racing options ahead of him this season according to his trainer Jamie Richards.
The four-year-old son of Rip Van Winkle will head to the spelling paddock in the coming days after his undefeated spring campaign in preparation for an autumn campaign which could include the Gr.1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
“He left the South Island Saturday morning and got back Sunday afternoon, he’s going to be thoroughly checked over by our veterinary team before he goes out to Te Akau Stud for a well-deserved break,” Richards said.
“I would say the horse will go to Australia and we were thinking we would like to aim him at the Doncaster.”
Richards said he has been involved with some quality horses at Te Akau and is excited for the future with his charge.
“We have been very fortunate since I have been training to have had the likes of Gingernuts, Melody Belle and Xtravagant. We have a bit of a yard stick of what you think is good work and good racing and he really stepped up to the mark.”
“It is great to have a choice of where to go (with him this autumn) and we think he is a horse good enough to go over to Australia and be competitive.”