Talented gelding Te Akau Shark is back in work but his future plans remain at the mercy of the weather as connections consider an Australian spring assault.
Jamie Richards said that Te Akau Shark’s spring could be dictated by track conditions, with the team leaning towards the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in the first week of October being the initial target in Australia before he heads to Melbourne for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
“We are just mindful that the horse does appreciate some give in the ground,” Richards said.
“He can probably handle a run or two on better tracks but he’s certainly not the horse that will be racing on a firm track every second week. I think if we space his races and look after him, there should be no trouble there. We’ve just got to take him along nice and quietly.”