Fashion Shoot Shines Again

Date: 18 Sep 2022

Fashion Shoot Shines Again


Fashion Shoot continued a huge winning 48 hours for the Te Akau team - with our New Zealand stable winning three races at Taupo on Friday, three on Saturday at Riccarton and Fashion Shoot on Sunday - add to this Te Akau's Singapore stable delivering two wins on Saturday: that's NINE WINS in 48 HOURS for our owners.


Winning on the same day last year, Fashion Shoot (5 m Savabeel - High Fashion, by O'Reilly) recorded a second-up victory in the $30,000 Rating 65 1200 metres on 18 September at Te Rapa.

A year ago, Fashion Shoot won the corresponding race at Riccarton, a meeting that yesterday provided the stable three winners including One Kiss (Tivaci) in the New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m).

Incredibly, in keeping with her seasonal winning form, Fashion Shoot had won her Maiden over 1200m on 17 September 2020 at Te Rapa.

When resuming in the Rating 65 1300 metres on 24 August at Taupo, Fashion Shoot worked to sit outside the leader and finished gamely for a close second to stable-mate Zeitaku (Savabeel).

Between runs, Fashion Shoot had galloped very well in track work with Dark Destroyer (Proisir), who recorded a fresh-up victory in the Tarzino Trophy (Gr. 1, 1400m) on 10 September at Hastings.

Steadied ninth in the early stages by rider Opie Bosson, Fashion Shoot stood the leader five lengths before tracking up three wide. After ranging nicely around the home turn, she kept coming and was good late when parcelling up the prize.

“On paper it looked like there was a lot of speed in the race, so I settled back of midfield and let them run along,” Bosson said. “I let her track into the race and she was too good in the end.

“It took her a little bit to catch the leader, but the last 150 metres I was pretty confident I'd pick them up.”

Bosson added that the track had “a nice bit of give in it and should suit most horses”.

On footing rated Soft7, Fashion Shoot ran 1200 metres in 1:12.1, last 600m in 35.2, and shortened in betting to pay $2.20 & $1.30 on the NZ TAB tote.

“It was a nice win and she was building into that,” said trainer Mark Walker. “I'm glad we scratched her from a heavy track last Saturday at Hastings, and it was a lovely ride by Opie. He's riding in a rich vein of form.

“She's a Savabeel mare that is just coming of age now and we'll be looking to get her rating higher in search of black type.”

The race was sponsored by kiwi rugby league giants the Warriors, represented by CEO Cameron George, Head Coach Stacey Jones, and 30 staff enjoying hospitality on course.

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.

“It's a great thrill for the club to welcome Cameron George and Stacey Jones to the meeting, and what they do for in their respective duties in rugby league and thoroughbred racing is quite incredible.

“I've never seen New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) being run so well, under the leadership of Cameron George and the board.

“It's great to start the day with a such a good win by a mare that has always shown plenty of ability and continues to step up as she matures.”

Fashion Shoot is by seven-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old and Australasian sire sensation: over $130 million progeny earnings, 46 Group One winners and 238 stakes winners.

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).

Fashion Shoot was strapped by Kendyll Lee.


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