Te Akau Shark set for Foxbridge after easy trial win15 Jul 2019

Exciting galloper Te Akau Shark returned to racing with the same panache he showed late last year when he landed the Group Two Couplands Mile as he took his first steps towards an ambitious campaign in Australia, with an impressive trial win at Te Rapa today.

The son of Rip Van Winkle hasn't raced since the six-length romp at Riccarton back in November, but the time away looks to have only strengthened the rising five-year-old.
The Jamie Richards-trained galloper faced four opponents over the 900m Open trial on the inside trial track, with rider Michael McNab settling the gelding at the back of the field until strolling around the field under his own merit to take the trial win effortlessly by three-quarters of a length.

"It is likely he will clash with Melody Belle first-up in the U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (Group Two, 1200m) here at Te Rapa on August 17,” trainer Jamie Richards has stated.
"The Foxbridge is an ideal stepping stone for where we want to go with them both.”
He will head to Australia for the spring, starting in Sydney with a likely tilt towards the Group One Epsom Handicap.

The Cox Plate could also be a possible target for the bold chestnut, who has five wins from the six career starts to date, with his only defeat coming in the Group One 2000 Guineas. - Mark Nowell