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NZ Briefs for 10th September 2018

Shark set to attack Hawke’s Bay final day; Naturalism next for Odeon; Rios settles in well at new home
Shark set to attack Hawke’s Bay final day
One of the more impressive winners on the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival was the Jamie Richards-trained Te Akau Shark.
The lightly-raced four-year-old resumed with an impressive victory over 6 f and will now return to that venue on October 6.
“He will run in the Open 7 f (Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint) on the last day,” Richards said.
“The horse is in good order, he just had a bit of a freshen-up and returned to the stable this morning and we're very pleased with how he's going.”
A winner of three of his four starts, Te Akau Shark finished fourth in last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) before injury sidelined the talented son of Rip Van Winkle for the remainder of the season.
“It's just one step at a time with him and we'll get through Hastings before we confirm anything else,” Richard said.
“The way he switched off over 6 f the other day suggests he's going to get further, but I'd say he's a sprinter-miler at this stage.”
Naturalism next for Odeon
Zacinto gelding Odeon has still left a few unanswered questions after Saturday’s fifth-placing in the Gr.2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), but his connections are hoping they will be answered at his next start.
“It was probably a pass mark,” said Simon Zahra, who co-trains the stakes winner at Flemington with Mathew Ellerton.
“He was with the winner (Magic Consul) and then the winner got going and he got held up a bit and lost his momentum and couldn’t sprint. It was a pass mark but we’re still scratching our heads a little bit.
“He’s ticking over well and the horse has pulled up extremely well which is the main thing.”
The New Zealand Bloodstock Sales graduate will now head to the Gr.3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield in a fortnight’s time before his connections rethink their spring strategy with the gelding.
“He’s a five-year-old now and we have given him plenty of time, we’re just not sure if he is quite at weight-for-age level, so that’s probably the key going into his next run,” Zahra said.
“I’m not too sure whether The Valley suits him either, he likes to wind up a bit and maybe we might be riding him a fraction close.
“If you look at all his wins he has been ridden midfield and got on the back of something and got a nice cart into the race. So that is an option in two weeks when we go to the Naturalism.”
Rios settles in well at new home
Group One-producing sire Rios has settled in well at Upstage Bloodstock, Danica Guy’s Matamata property where he will serve a handful of quality mares in his first season at the boutique operation.
Previously standing at Waikato Stud, Rios was purchased by Guy off gavelhouse.com earlier this year and the Matamata horsewoman is hoping her newly acquired stallion can produce another Group One winner for her.
Guy prepared his son Gaultier to win the 2015 Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) before he was sold to Hong Kong where he has won three races and nearly HK$4 million in prizemoney.
“He’s a gentleman,” Guy said. “He’s done a great job with limited opportunities.
“I’m hopeful that we can get another good horse by him. I’ve got a couple of very nice mares that he will cover this season and hopefully he will get a few outsiders as well.”
Rios stands at Upstage Bloodstock this season for a service fee of $2,500+GST.

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