Step up in class likely for Shezzacatch
A tilt at Group 1 glory in the Levin Classic is on the cards for the Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained Shezzacatch following her impressive success over 1300 metres at Awapuni on Saturday.
An upset winner of the Listed Sir Colin Meads Trophy at Hastings on debut, coming clear of a 12-strong field by three-quarters of a length, the Savabeel three-year-old maintained her unbeaten record with a confident performance under Lisa Allpress.
Having taken advantage of a gap in the home straight, Shezzacatch quickened to lead at the 200-metre marker and held on well thereafter, fending off the challenge of Love For All by a head, with Perfect Scenario the same distance behind in third.
Shezzacatch will now be set for the Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on December 12, with that Group 3 contest a gateway to Trentham’s Levin Classic on January 16.
“She's really a nice filly with plenty of upside to her," Cullen said. "She's pretty much untapped and still learning, although I thought her racing manners on Saturday were much better than when she had her first start.
"She travelled within herself and didn't over race like she did on debut and found the line really well. Being a Savabeel we think she will likely go over a bit more ground once she has some more ringcraft under her belt."
New Zealand’s perennial champion sire Savabeel produced the 2017 Levin Classic winner, Hall Of Fame, while Allpress was in the plate when Dukedom landed the spoils 12 months earlier.
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