The Shark Feasts
Coupland's Bakeries Mile day review
- Last year TE AKAU SHARK hinted at greatness when running fourth in the Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas. He returned to Riccarton Park a year later and over the same distance demolished a Coupland’s Bakeries Field that contained the first three place-getters for last year and a past NZ Derby winner.
- Winning seven in a row is an outstanding achievement and is all the more so when the seventh is the souths premier sprint race the Lindauer Stewards Stakes. PRINCE OZ was sent south by part owner Raymond Connors, a noted trainer of stayers and jumpers, with Riccarton Park trainer Neill Ridley putting on the sprinting polish. Popular local hoop Terry Mosely was on board to continue a purple patch of form.
- Southerners were to the fore in the feature fillies and mare race the Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders Stakes. Most punters expected THE PRECIOUS ONE to deliver but she had to be content with a second placing to the John and Karen parson owned and trained KIWI IDA. Michael Coleman was the successful rider.
- The north versus south scare was 7 to 3 in favour of the south.
- Local apprentice Rohan Mudhoo rode a winner for the fourth consecutive racemeeting aboard PAMIR for John Luxton in the ‘Maiden Mile’.