Awapuni Double - Redsheis Rips Home

Date: 17 Jun 2023

Awapuni Double - Redsheis Rips Home


Long-standing Te Akau clients Gavin and Shane Wealleans had their colours worn to victory by Redsheis (3 f Burgundy - Show No Emotion, by Pins) in the $14,000 Maiden 1200 metres on 16 June at Awapuni. 

Registering three prior thirds and fourths from eight starts reflected her consistency and after closing late for fourth in the Maiden 3YO 1300 metres on 17 May, and third off an economical trip in the Maiden 1550 metres on 31 May, both on the poly-track at Cambridge, she was poised to break through.

Ridden by Te Akau apprentice Niranjan Parmar (a2), who finished second in the first race aboard stable-mate Navalha (Sebring), Redsheis overcame the outside barrier (9) and circled with a powerful run from sixth to win easily.

“She has been consistent and really deserved that win today,” said trainer Mark Walker. “It was a lovely ride by Parmar, and I think she's got more in store with a bit more maturity.”

In the race sponsored by Whisker Forestry, Redsheis ran 1200 metres in 1:11.6 on the poly-track and paid $3.50 & $1.20 on the NZ TAB tote.

En route to London, Te Akau Principal David Ellis CNMZ commented:

"Gavin, Shane and I go back many years, and before that also with Gavin's brother Ken, we raced and bred horses together.  I work very closely in the farming business with Gavin and Shane and we bred this filly together so I am really chuffed to see her win - and post yet another victory for a horse by Burgundy.  What a loss he has proven to the industry."

While Redsheis was bred and is raced in partnership with Te Akau, the Wealleans' team also experienced an enormous thrill when dam Show No Emotion (Pins) recorded the first of three wins in the Maiden 1400 metres on 2 December 2013 at Te Aroha, registering the initial father-and-son bred victory.

At the time, Gavin Wealleans said: “That's bloody great. I think it's probably one of the better wins I've had because she's the first winner that Shane and I have bred. We kept the line going and this is a great result because we just lost the mother (Lynisky) after she had a nice filly by Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) and we have a Savabeel (Zabeel) filly from her going to the sales. 

“It is very gratifying for us both and although we're into transport and fertiliser, racing is a great hobby for us. We can get out and about and it's great to be here at Te Aroha, under the ‘mountain of love'.

A colossal mare, weighing 611kg when first winning and 620kg when recording her third, Show No Emotion was trained by Te Akau and now left three individual winners of five races.  Her daughter now has the responsibility of carrying not just the colours, but the family success forward.

Redsheis was strapped by Loka Manu.


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