Shez Sinsational could be headed for a showdown with Australasia's best weight-for-age stayers in the wake of her stunning win in the Group II $85,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.
New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock indicated the Group I A$2.25 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 6 was on the radar for his four-time group one- winning mare, who has already proven herself up to group one company in Australia, running placings in both the Queensland Oaks and Derby of her three-year- old year.
She stamped her class in Saturday's 1600m weight-for-age fillies and mares feature, when despite having to change ground to find clear running through a wall of horses, she unleashed a devastating sprint to claim a tenacious victory.
Sharrock was reaching for the superlatives after the win.
"She's a phenomenal mare. She got starved for a run but that's how good she is," he said.
"She's still got 5 per cent [improvement] in her for the Zabeel Classic but it was enough for her to win this. My only concern was lack of pace and Leith [Innes riding Floria] stacked them up like I knew he would. Opie's ride was genius."
Bosson saved ground on Shez Sinsational as he slid forward along the fence near the turn.
He was able to angle off the fence on the bend but at the 300m she was wedged between runners as Bosson went for a gap that closed. He steadied Shez Sinsational, angled her back in, rebalanced her and then urged her to find the late sprint to haul in the pacemaking Floria and Diademe, which the Ekraar mare was able to do.
She hit the line a long head clear of Diademe, with Floria a nose back in third.
Group one winner Guiseppina had to settle for fifth behind Lunar Eclipse.
Shez Sinsational's win reconciled her second placing behind Lady Kipling from last year's race and emphasised just how hard she will be to beat in the Group I $200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, a race in which she claimed her first group one win last year. "That's the one we targeted this year after the Kelt [Spring Classic] and I think that's our race, barring bad luck. Let's hope things go right," Sharrock said of the Zabeel Classic.
Shez Sinsational has now won 12 of her 29 starts for earnings of more than $1.36 million.
Sharrock went close to a second stakes win for the weekend when King Kamada went down a long neck in yesterday's Listed $50,000 Championship Stakes Prelude (2100m) at Ellerslie to the Bruce Wallace-trained and Sam Spratt- ridden Deane Martin. Fairfax NZ
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