5 Win Trans Tasman Saturday - Fashion Shoot Superb

Date: 10 Sep 2023

5 Win Trans Tasman Saturday - Fashion Shoot Superb


Tremendously consistent with ability to boot, Fashion Shoot (6 m Savabeel – High Fashion, by O’Reilly) resumed with a super win in the $65,000 Rating 75 1200 metres on Saturday at Hastings.

Winning twice and twice Group Three placed last season, Fashion Shoot had trialled on 23 August at Taupo, received weight relief to 58kg courtesy of in-form Te Akau apprentice Niranjan Parmar (a2) and did everything right from barrier two.

Working into fifth and travelling sweetly when camped on the leaders turning for home, Fashion Shoot was held up before spearing between runners at the 150m and went on for a strong win. 

“I was poised, it was a good effort to get through the gap and she won it easily,” Parmar said. “I’m pretty excited about getting on these nice horses.”

A very effective mare that has matured nicely for a break and appears set for another great season, Fashion Shoot became the 13th first-up winner for the stable this season which reflects a fantastic job by all the staff. 

In the race sponsored by Vet Services Equine Hawkes Bay, Fashion Shoot won by one and a quarter lengths, clocking 1:11.3 for 1200 metres on Soft5 footing, and drifted in betting to pay $6.30 & $2.10 on the NZ TAB tote.

“I think the ride won the race,” said co-trainer Sam Bergerson. “She was half a stride slow, but he punched forward, got into a lovely spot, and to be fair to Niranjan he was patient and when the gap came she was explosive through it.

“There are plenty of options for her and she could end up here on the last day (14 October) in the Group Three Open 1400 metres.”

A beautifully put together filly owned by the Te Akau In Vogue Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn-Fenton Ellis MNZM), Fashion Shoot was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $320,000, from the draft of Waikato Stud, at the NZB 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale. 

“She’s made another really good start to her campaign and given the way she’s matured could be in for an even better season as a six-year-old,” Ellis said.

“She’s a gorgeous mare with an absolutely beautiful pedigree and has every chance of adding plenty of value to her career as a broodmare.”

Fashion Shoot is by eight-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old and Australasian sire sensation, who recently surpassed his grandfather, Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor), for the number of stakes winners, and now second to his father, Zabeel (Sir Tristram), as leading stakes producing stallion in New Zealand. 

Her dam, High Fashion (O’Reilly), was an immensely talented race mare with a terrific turn of foot, winning four races including the prestigious Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m), and Lowland Stakes (Gr. 3, 2100m).

“I actually said to Dave (Ellis) this morning that she could be our best of the day,” Walker said. 

“She’s still got improvement to come, but had done really well leading up to her first run and it’s all about trying to get a black type win with her this season.

“I reckon sh has matured further, physically, between five and six. There may be more options for her to gain a stakes win in Melbourne, so we’ll have to have a think about that too. But she’s building a really good record.”

Fashion Shoot was strapped by Cooper Stumbles. 



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