Auckland Cup likely for Sinarahma

Allan Sharrock will be hoping it’s a case of like mother, like daughter, if Sinarahma lines-up in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie next month.

Sharrock trained Sinarahma’s dam, Shez Sinsational, to win the 2012 edition of the two-mile feature, and he believes her six-year-old daughter has the potential to do the same.

The Darci Brahma mare has only been tested up to 2000m, but Sharrock said there are a couple of factors that have influenced his decision.

“I have changed tack,” Sharrock said. “There is a possibility I might run her in the Auckland Cup.

“She has always been strong in her races late, it is worth $500,000, she probably comes into the race at 53.5kg, and her mother won it. Dee And Gee won the New Zealand Cup (Gr.3, 3200m) and she’s a Darci Brahma.

“I have always been of the opinion that a good miler can win the Auckland Cup, as a long as you settle.

“We will pay a late nomination the week prior, if I am happy enough to go there.”

Sharrock has a good association with the race, having won two previously with Shez Sinsational (2012) and Ladies First (2018).

“It is a race I am familiar with and it’s a nice race to win, if you are good enough,” he said.

Sinarahma has pleased her trainer with her recent performances, including a runner-up result behind Melody Belle in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m), after missing the start, and running fifth in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa earlier this month.

“She was the first one under a ride when the sprint went on (in the Herbie Dyke),” Sharrock said. “It wasn’t run hard, so the back-runners were vulnerable and to her credit she was very good through the line, so I was happy with the run.”

-NZ Racing Desk


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