Fashion Shoot Fab

Date: 18 Sep 2021

Fashion Shoot Fab


Well bred mare Fashion Shoot  (4 m Savabeel - High Fashion, by O'Reilly) recorded a fresh-up victory in the $30,000 Rating 65 1200 metres on Saturday at Riccarton.

Back almost a year to the day, Fashion Shoot scored her Maiden win over 1200 metres at Te Rapa, before heading south to the Te Akau base at Riccarton, where she finished fifth in the War Decree Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) and subsequently spelled after having little luck in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), won by stable-mate Kahma Lass (Darci Brahma).

Recording her second victory from six starts, Fashion Shootcamped behind the leaders, sighted daylight at the 300m and ran home strongly under jockey Rohan Mudhoo to win very well.

“She received a nice run from a good draw (5) and was able to capitalize on that,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “I thought she was well ridden by Rohan (Mudhoo), who is a very capable rider down there that we like to use.

“She's been off the scene for a while and it was a good effort by Sam (Bergerson) and Lydia (Truesdale) that are looking after our horses at Riccarton.

“She looked good winning her Maiden, showed to be competitive at stakes level last spring at Riccarton, and with a confidence boosting victory under her belt she should be in for a good preparation.”

In the race sponsored by NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series, Fashion Shoot ran the 1200 metres in 1:10.5 on Dead5 footing, and lengthened in betting to pay $6.00 & $2.00 on the NZ TAB tote.

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

“As a yearling, she was a really high quality looking filly with plenty of length and a very good mover, and you can see that her action today,” Ellis said.

“Another classic Waikato Stud product, by their champion stallion Savabeel, out of a mare by their champion stallion O'Reilly, in turn out of a Pins mare, and thereafter a mare by top broodmare sire Sound Reason, so she's got an incredible pedigree.

“Jamie (Richards) and the team have taken their time developing her. There was a lot to like about what she showed last season and I'm thrilled for the owners that she's been able to resume with a win.

“It's not the easiest job placing four-year-old mares, but it's ability that gets you there and she's certainly started her campaign in the best way possible.

“Hopefully, she can work through the grades, continue to improve, and aim towards a nice stakes race.”

Fashion Shoot is by six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old and Australasian sire sensation: with 41 Group 1 winners and 209 stakes winners.

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

With only two progeny to race, High Fashion is already doing the job at stud. In addition to Fashion Shoot, her first foal, year older brother Savvy Valentino, has won five races from 1400m - 2600m in Australia, which gives rise to the prospect of Fashion Shoot also performing up in distance.

Fashion Shoot was strapped by Una Ringen.

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