"Te Akau Lockdown Love"

Date: 11 Apr 2020

Welcome to Day 13 of our new feature - as our world around us changes indelibly, we want to bring some smiles and sunshine every day - yes a small distraction but it does everyone good to be able to smile when times are tough.

We thought it was appropriate today to introduce you to Te Akau Shark's baby brother - literally named Baby Shark! His stable name of course is equally as connected - Junior.

Baby Shark is a beautiful boy and one who just LOVES to be loved - no problems getting him to come up and get a photo or two taken - only problem was keeping his nose out of the lens!

He's a full brother to Te Akau Shark and looks a lot like him. Like Te Akau Shark, he's a boy that will benefit from time.

He's enjoying some wonderful paddock company with Bordeaux le Rouge who was fourth in the Karaka Million and our lovely European import Te Akau Caliburn - who we are sure has plenty of stories to keep his younger companions well entertained!

Baby Shark .... do do do do do do ....

Baby Shark and stable star Te Akau Shark - both are from Waikato Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) winner Bak da Chief, in turn out of Havitbak (Bakharoff) who has become a tremendous producer of high-quality horses. 

Bred and destined to get over more ground, Baby Shark circled from last finishing solidly into third when trialling in January at Matamata, and since continued with a couple of educational races over 1200 metres. 

While David Ellis purchased Te Akau Shark from the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, he secured Baby Shark at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale. 

At the time of purchase, Te Akau Shark was unbeaten in two starts before producing an excellent performance in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) for fourth, a nose away from seizing a Te Akau trifecta in the prestigious race - won by stable-mate Embellish (Savabeel), from subsequent Group One winner Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock).

Te Akau Shark has now won seven of his 13 starts, including Group One wins in New Zealand and Australia, and earned $1.47m in prize money. 

Similar to Te Akau Shark, Baby Shark has inherited chestnut colouring in keeping with progeny by his dam-sire Chief Bearhart (Chief's Crown), a Canadian stallion that won 12 of his 26 starts. One of his best racing progeny was 2006 New Zealand Filly of the Year Shikoba, trained at Te Akau by Mark Walker. 



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