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Ekraar: Shez Sinsational is one of two Group 1 winners by the former Shadwell shuttler

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Head victory for Ekraar filly in Auckland Cup

Wednesday; Ellerslie

Stella Artois Auckland Cup (Group 1), 2m

SHEZ SINSATIONAL (4 f Ekraar - Original Sin by Shinko King)

Bred by Karaka Group Ltd in New Zealand

SHEZ Sinsational put herself in line for a tilt at this year's Melbourne Cup on Wednesday with a head success over the boys under James McDonald in the Group 1 Auckland Cup.

It was the third Group 1 victory for Allan Sharrock's tough filly, who is a daughter of Marcus Tregoning's Italian Group 1 winner Ekraar.

Ekraar was a regular competitor at Group level in Europe for Tregoning and Godolphin, winning eight races including the 2003 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club, 1999 Vintage Stakes and the 2000 Select and Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.


The son of Red Ransom - a half-brother to leading South American sire Hussonet - spent six seasons under the Shadwell banner in Italy but it is in New Zealand where he has thrived as the sire of five stakes winners.

Each of the quintet are fillies and include Group 1 winner Ekstreme in addition to Shez Sinsational. Ekraar formerly stood at Stoney Bridge Farm but spent the past southern hemisphere season as part of Linwood Farm's roster for NZ$10,000.

Shez Sinsational was bred by the Karaka Group out of the Listed-placed Original Sin, who previously clicked with Ekraar to produce the ten-time winner Eye Might. The daughter of Shinko King (a Fairy King half-brother to Dr Devious) is a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Shinnecock.

Original Sin has a yearling sister to the winner who was sold for NZ$110,000 to Waikato Bloodstock at the recent Karaka Select Yearling Sale. The mare was sold for just NZ$16,000 to Assured Assets Pty Ltd at the 2009 Karaka Winter Mixed Sale.




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