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Te Akau Shark to target Tramway Stakes

Boom Kiwi miler Te Akau Shark will line up in the Tramway Stakes on-route to the Epsom Handicap
Te Akau Shark
These colours will be represented by Te Akau Shark in the Tramway Stakes
Daryl Curnow 19 Aug 2019
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Tramway Stakes next up for boom Kiwi

Boom Kiwi galloper Te Akau Shark’s next run will be in Sydney next month after his fighting first-up effort on Saturday.

Te Akau Shark held his place as TAB’s Epsom Handicap favourite despite running second to Endless Drama in the Group II Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Te Akau Shark lost no admirers when coming from a long way back on the home turn to be beaten less than a length. 

Trainer Jamie Richards told the NZ Racing Desk that Te Akau Shark knew he’d had a run on Sunday morning.

Richards also had the classy Melody Belle in the Foxbridge Plate. The mare ran fourth after peaking on her run late in the race.

“They were both a little tired and left a wee bit of feed which was to be expected after a tough first-up run,” Richards said.

“While we went there to win, you had to be satisfied with how they both performed and there is no shame in losing to a quality horse like Endless Drama.

Richards said Melody Belle would progress to the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival while Te Akau Shark would travel to Sydney next Monday to run in the Group II Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 7.

“We will continue to monitor them over the next few days but as long as they have no issues then we will continue with their campaigns as planned,” he said.

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