The Sportsman Weekend - - Karaka 2019 -

PAUL Gallen is one of the tough­est men to have ever played rugby league and can floor an op­po­nent with one punch in the box­ing ring. The Kan­ga­roo and former NSW Blues State of Ori­gin cap­tain can now add race­horse owner to his CV, thanks to David El­lis. Gallen is in two of Te Akau’s most ex­cit­ing prospects in the aptly named Te Akau Shark and clas­si­cally bred three-year-old You’re Wel­come. Te Akau Shark, a $230,000 Karaka Ready to Run pur­chase by El­lis, has won five timess in­clud­ing a daz­zling six-length win in the Group 2 Cou­p­land’s Mile at Ric­car­ton. The son of Rip Van Win­kle is be­ing looked at as a po­ten­tial can­di­date for the in­au­gu­ral $5 mil­lion All Star Mile at Flem­ing­ton on March 16 and/or the Don­caster Mile April 6. You’re Wel­come, an­other of El­lis’ Ready to Run re­cruits, is bred to win a Derby be­ing by Camelot who won the Ep­som/Ir­ish Derby dou­ble. ‘’I know what an icon Paul is, he is quite in­cred­i­ble,’’ El­lis said. “I would love to have him as a race­horse be­cause of his de­ter­mi­na­tion. You’d keep rac­ing him un­til he was 12.’’

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