“It was a really good win and Alysha got her into a great position. It was a beautiful ride,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“It’s fantastic for Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and the owners that race this mare because she was the last Zabeel ever born and the fact that Cambridge Stud chose Te Akau to train her really is an honour.”
Included among the ownership group (Jamie Tout, Matthew Bell, Bryce Lawrence, Glen Jackson, Mike Fraser, Alan Muir, and Mark & Chrissy de Lacy, and Vijay Vallabh) are some rugby referees, names familiar to those that follow Super Rugby.
“It was great to another win a race for them and they’re all keen on racing. Jamie labelled the horse as his bet of the day, so that was good too,” Ellis said.
Sir Patrick had previously said: “Marcus [Corban, Cambridge Stud manager] suggested to the referees, when they came to visit Cambridge Stud, that they get together and race a filly with us and they said they’d like to do that, so that’s how it started."
Richards said: “She was certainly overdue another win. She’d been putting in good performances, after getting back from awkward starts, but Alysha got her into a gun spot and hopefully she can keep progressing." - TeAkauRacing.com