Taranaki’s pride and joy Shez Sinsational (NZ) set up for a successful defence of her G1 Zabeel Classic crown with victory against the odds at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Shez Sinsational (5m Ekraar – Original Sin by Shinko King) overcame an interrupted run in the straight to claim the G2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. Sent out a solid favourite, she settled well back in the field before rider Opie Bosson urged her forward 800 metres from home. Thwarted for a gap in the straight, she changed ground toward the fence before powering home to edge out Diademe (Savabeel) and Floria (Savabeel).
“We weaved our way through across the top and then she ran into a brick wall,” Bosson said. “The gap closed on us and we had to come back to the inside and she really lifted late.”
Shez Sinsational is by Linwood Park sire Ekraar (Red Ransom) who was initially under the ownership of Shadwell Farm and shuttled from Italy to Stoney Bridge Stud in NZ. Her dam Original Sin is a winning half-sister to Shinnecock (Woodborough) who won the LR Wellesley Stakes before transferring to Hong Kong.
“She’s a phenomenal mare and she’s still got another five per cent in her for the Zabeel,” trainer Allan Sharrock said. “I think that’s her race barring bad luck. My only concern today was the lack of speed in the race and Opie’s ride was genius.”
The Group 1 Zabeel Classic will be run at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Shez Sinsational has won 12 of her 29 starts and earned over $1.36 million topped by victories in the G1 NZ Bloodstock Spring Classic, G1 Auckland Cup and G1 Darci Brahma International.