New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock gave Shez Sinsational (3 B. F. Ekraar – Original Sin, by Shinko King) the ultimate rap when declaring her the best horse in his stable, after her smart victory on debut at New Plymouth on Thursday.
Far from prone to statements of such ilk, praise from a trainer of twenty-one years standing, with 116 horses in his care, should be taken heed of.
“I’ve made no secret about it”, said Sharrock, “she’s the best horse I’ve got in the stable.”
Although unsighted at the trials before kicking off on race day, Sharrock said Shez Sinsational had been to the jump outs five times over a two year period, and it was only this week he nominated the filly for the New Zealand Oaks at Trentham next March.
With the engagement of top hoop Opie Bosson, Shez Sinsational had to be good in order to win.
Over 1200-metres in the Taranaki District Turf Club Maiden for Fillies and Mares she raced back and wide in a field of nine for a majority of the sprint trip before Bosson sent her forward to range four wide on the home turn.
After offering a challenge to the leader at the 150m she sustained her finish to win comprehensively by three-quarters-of-a-length in 1:10.45.
Not missed on the NZ TAB by those in the know, the filly owned by A A Baeyertz, J P Goodin, G A MacDonald, G H Phillips & R W Sharrock returned $7.50 & $2.30.
Bred by Bill and Lorraine Sullivan, Shez Sinsational was a $50,000 purchase by Robert Roulston Bloodstock from the draft of Twin Pines at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale.
Her dam, Original Sin, displayed ability on the track to record two wins from eleven starts.
Sharrock showed his awareness to the stock of Ekraar (Red Ransom) displaying a propensity for yielding ground, when he said, “I think she’s a typical Ekraar. Maybe she’ll come off this track a bit sore tomorrow, but she’s a real good horse.”
“She’ll probably have one more start then I’ll put her aside for two or three weeks because the Oaks’ is March-April and that’s the right time for Ekraar’s.”