A Group 1 victory in the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on Wednesday could be catalyst for an international campaign for Shez Sinsational in 2012.
Shez Sinsational (4m Ekraar – Original Sin by Shinko King) overcame a pre-race drama to win the 3200m marathon by a long head over Spiro (Pyrus) and Six O’Clock News (Zabeel).
Jockey James McDonald broke a stirrup iron on the way to the barrier and had to get a replacement saddle which required him to weigh-out again. “She is a tough mare,” McDonald said. “She got further back than I wanted and was still a long way off them on the turn. But she took off once we straightened up.”
Taranaki trainer Allan Sharrock said he will nominate Shez Sinsational for the Singapore Cup in May while the Melbourne Cup remains her long-term goal.
The Auckland Cup was her third at the elite level following the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day and Darci Brahma International last month. She had been G1 placed in both the Queensland Oaks and Derby during the 2011 Brisbane winter carnival.
Ekraar is a son of Red Ransom and he stands at Linwood Park in Cambridge. His Auckland Cup winner is from a winning half-sister to Shinnecock (Woodborough) who won the Listed Wellesley Stakes and two more races after being transferred to Hong Kong.