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NZ Briefs for 05th October 2018

Shark hunting for first stakes victory;Spirits Aubeer provides cause for celebration;Wide draw a challenge for Cyber Attack;
Shark hunting for first stakes victory

Talented four-year-old galloper Te Akau Shark will be looking to secure his first stakes victory on Saturday when he lines-up in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings.

The Rip Van Winkle gelding won impressively on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival and his connections are hoping he can reproduce that form on Saturday.

“He’s first-class and a very exciting galloper,” trainer Jamie Richards said. “To see him front-up like that on raceday was very rewarding.

“The staff have put a lot of hard work into him and hopefully we can see him reproduce something like that on Saturday.”

Richards has a lot of time for the galloper and believes he can be competitive at elite level.

“He’s bred to get two miles, so he is an interesting horse. He is switching off a little bit now with the blinkers off.

“He probably looks like a sprinter-miler at this stage, but he might get 1 1⁄4 m at some stage. He’s a very useful galloper that is hopefully on his way to the top.”

Spirits Aubeer provides cause for celebration
The Nigel Tiley-trained three-year-old Spirits Aubeer continues to make good progress, making it back to back victories this term when successful at Tauranga on Friday.
The son of Spirit Of Boom sat just behind the speed throughout and ran down race favourite Bolt From The Blue late, with Beam Of Light and Media Sensation also closing well in the three-year-old 6 f event.
“He’s a very nice horse and he beat a couple of nice horses today,” winning rider Rowena Smyth said.
“He has got a lovely big stride on him and even today he did a few things wrong and still got away with
“Once we got out and got him going, he just put them away. He is happy in the trail so long as the pace is on because he is a big, free-striding horse.”
Wide draw a challenge for Cyber Attack
Consistent three-year-old Cyber Attack heads in to Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) in good form for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike, but will have to overcome a horror barrier draw (15).
The last start stakes winner is rated a $26 chance for Saturday’s contest.
“This will be his first run this preparation on a proper good track and Vinnie (Colgan, jockey) has always been of the opinion that he will appreciate that,” Pike said.
“His work through the week has been fantastic. If he had drawn a gate I thought he would have been a genuine each-way chance, but we will need a lot of luck from gate 15 and it is very hard to win from out there on a Good3 track.
“We will be positive from the gate. He is a horse that has got reasonably good gate speed and we will look to put him into the race. If he can get across without doing too much work then he is going to be a chance but it is not going to be straight forward.”
Pike said if Cyber Attack performs well he will head to the Gr.2 James And Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) with a view to tackling the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November

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