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Equine sausage dog bat­ter than ex­pected: Shar­rock

- Rac­ing Michael Guerin Sports · Horse Racing · Hawera · Te Rapa · New Zealand · Matamata · Hastings · Bosson

Tavi Mac wasn’t go­ing to be in to­day’s $ 50,000 Mata­mata Cup un­til he left trainer Al­lan Shar­rock with no choice.

The equine sausage dog with the cult sta­tus was orig­i­nally pro­grammed to run a lot closer to home at Haw­era to­day, where he would have been carded with a huge weight in the open sprint.

But that all changed last week.

“I was go­ing to put him in the sprint down here with the ap­pren­tice al­lowance,” says Taranaki- based Shar­rock. “But he worked so well on Tues­day of last week, I changed my mind. He worked bril­liantly, and I thought he was so well, we might as well have a go at the Mata­mata Cup.”

Tavi Mac was a huge sec­ond to Avan­tage in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa be­fore be­ing a close sixth in the Group 1 Tarzino Tro­phy at Hast­ings, ex­cel­lent form for to­day’s race.

“I gave him a week off af­ter that to freshen him up, which i s why I thought the sprint down here would suit him rather than the 1400m of the Cup. But af­ter that work­out last week, he will han­dle the 1400m no prob­lems.”

Tavi Mac cops 59kg to­day but meets few gen­uine Group 1 horses and gets the ser­vices of cham­pion jockey Opie Bos­son, his sev­enth rider in just 13 starts.

“A big bonus for him this week­end if he gets a good draw for the first time this cam­paign, so he is go­ing to be re­ally hard to beat.”

Shar­rock will be stay­ing closer to home for the Haw­era meet­ing, where he will also play host to some of New Zealand’s lead­ing rac­ing per­son­al­i­ties.

“I have three of them stay­ing at home, so not only will I have to cook for them and have a full fridge, but they will an­noy me all night ask­ing ques­tions about all the horse,” he smiled.

Two horses he will be tip­ping to his mates will be Our Hail Mary ( race eight) and Si­narahma in the Breed­ers Stakes.

“I started the week think­ing Our Hail Mary was go­ing to be a good thing but then she drew bar­rier 20,” he laments. “I still think she can win but rather than be­ing a great bet­ting propo­si­tion, she is now only a good bet.”

Si­narahma has been backed in the Breed­ers Stakes and Shar­rock rates her a good mare who could win up to Group 2 level but has to­tal re­spect for a se­ri­ous Group 1 mare in Kiwi Ida.

“[ Kiwi Ida] has had no luck in bet­ter races, so she will be hard to beat, but my mare is also pretty good and has just taken time to ma­ture,” Shar­rock added.

 ?? Photo / Race Images ?? Tavi Mac will be hard to beat in the Mata­mata Cup.
Photo / Race Images Tavi Mac will be hard to beat in the Mata­mata Cup.

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