Allan Sharrock was left looking across the Tasman and pondering what might have been after top-class New Plymouth galloper Shez Sinsational scored a brilliant win in the $70,000 Lindauer Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie yesterday.
A tilt at the Melbourne Cup was on the radar at one stage for last season's Auckland Cup (3200m) winner but a dispute over the conditions of the horse's lease agreement meant the A$6.2 million feature was bypassed.
"Maybe she should have been in Melbourne," said Sharrock, the horse's trainer.
"She would have been a nice runner for New Zealand, but we're happy here."
With her win in the group three feature, the 5-year-old took her stake earnings to $1,266,597 - 11 wins and five placings from 28 starts.
Sharrock races the Ekraar mare on lease in partnership with his father Bob, of Waitara, Steak Goodin (Warea), Allan Baeyertz, Gordon MacDonald and Graeme Phillips.
A trip to Australia may still be on the cards.
"The Zipping Classic in Melbourne is an option but maybe we'll give her a week off and then get her ready for the fillies and mares mile [Isuzu Classic] at Te Rapa on December 15," Sharrock said.
"But the main target is the Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. I'd love to win that again with her."
Shez Sinsational's latest win came on the back of her victory in the $300,000 Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings early in October.
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