Te Akau has stakes hopes for Pinultimate, who pocketed the Pearls series race at  Otaki Thursday.

“I’m pleased for the horse, the owners, and the team at the main stable. She’s not the easiest of fillies and I’m sure with a bit of a freshen-up now she can come back in good order and hopefully prove good enough to work through to stakes’ class,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

Te Akau principal David Ellis  purchased the filly as yearling for $36,000,  from the draft of Monovale Farm, at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale.

“She’s another good horse that we’ve bought from Mononvale. Max and Joe Smithies are doing a great job running their business and I’m thrilled for them as they kept a share in the filly,” said Ellis.

“Opie (Bosson) rode her in training last Thursday and told me that she worked enormously, so we weren’t surprised to see her go very well again.

“She really showed some ticker. She was under a bit of pressure from the 600m, didn’t appear to be handling the slow track that well, but it was great to see her fight so hard. Johnathan (Parkes) is riding in great form. He’s a seriously good rider and being a tall guy he has to be extremely disciplined to maintain his weight and it’s a real credit to him. I’m always happy when I see him on our horses and he’s developed a good record.”