Jockey Confirmed for Epsom Handicap 2019 Favourite Te Akau Shark

August 27, 2019

Jockey Confirmed for Epsom Handicap 2019 Favourite Te Akau Shark

Top hoop James McDonald has been confirmed to ride early 2019 Epsom Handicap favourite Te Akau Shark second-up down under this season when the Kiwi kicks off his campaign in Sydney’s Group 2 $200,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

James McDonald. Photo: Daniel Costello.

James McDonald is booked to ride Epsom Handicap 2019 favourite Te Akau Shark next race. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Eyeing off a run in the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley later this prep, Rip Van Winkle five-year-old Te Akau Shark is prepared across the Tasman by gun Matamata-based horseman Jamie Richards.

A winner of five of his seven career starts to date, the untapped gelding lost few admirers when putting in a huge run late to flash home for second behind Endless Drama in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on August 17 first-up.

That barnstorming run cemented his trip to Sydney this spring with connections since confirming Sydney Premiership winner McDonald would take over for Opie Bosson in the saddle when the horse runs next-up at Royal Randwick on September 7 in the Tramway Stakes.

“Te Akau is proud to confirm that trans-Tasman Champion jockey James McDonald…has been engaged to ride Te Akau Shark in the Grp 2 Tramway Stakes,” Te Akau Racing announced this week on Twitter.

The Tramway has been a good guide to the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) in recent years with Happy Clapper (2017) the last to do the double.

Te Akau Shark will attempt to repeat the feat this season and is already leading the pre-field Epsom Handicap odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $5 to take out the mile classic at Randwick on October 5.

That quote is half of the next best in futures Epsom Handicap betting with the Team Hawkes-trained Doncaster Mile champ Brutal occupying the second line at $10.

The 2019 Epsom Handicap nominations close on September 30 at 11am (local time).

As for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley on October 26, Te Akau Shark is listed as a $15 hope in early Cox Plate betting led by gun Tasmanian-trained mare Mystic Journey.

Mystic Journey began her spring prep in the right fashion winning Caulfield’s Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up.

She bypasses the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track and distance this Saturday.

Her trainer Adam Trinder is instead saving her for the Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) up over a mile at Flemington on September 14.

In 2017 Humidor won the Makybe Diva Stakes before a second to Winx in the Cox Plate that year.

Humidor also ran seventh in last year’s Makybe Diva Stakes results, going on to run third to Winx for her historical fourth Cox Plate victory.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s now seven-year-old is set to resume in the Memsie Stakes on Saturday.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Icebath Backs-Up in 2021 Kenne...

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Fiel...

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Field & Betting Update: In The Congo Firms

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Golden Rose hero In The Congo...

Away He Goes Out Of Melbourne ...

Away He Goes Out Of Melbourne Cup 2021: James McDonald Loses Ride

Jockey James McDonald has lost his ride in next Tuesday’s Group 1 $8 million...

I’m Thunderstruck Heads ...

I’m Thunderstruck Heads The Golden Eagle 2021 Field & Betting

An outstanding edition of one of Australian racing’s biggest prizes takes...

Victoria Derby 2021 Field ...

Victoria Derby 2021 Field & Betting: Gunstock vs Forgot You

Two last start winners are battling for top spot in 2021 Victoria Derby...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Cox Plate Results: Irish ...

No Melbourne Cup For Moonee Va...

No Melbourne Cup For Moonee Valley Gold Cup Winner Lunar Flare

Grahame Begg opted not to leave his mare Lunar Flare in the Melbourne Cup...

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Result...

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Results: Winner Forgot You New Victoria Derby Favourite

It was an exciting finish in the Moonee Valley Vase 2021 on Cox Plate Day with...

Crystal Mile 2021 Results: Jus...

Crystal Mile 2021 Results: Just Folk Scores Upset Win on Cox Plate Day

Young Bendigo trainer Josh Julius celebrated a career highlight preparing a...

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Opti...

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Option for Red Anchor Winner Generation

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Generation showed a great will to...

Race Results

2021 Cox Plate Results: Irish Raider State Of Rest Holds Off Anamoe, Survives Protest

No Melbourne Cup For Moonee Valley Gold Cup Winner Lunar Flare

2021 Moonee Valley Vase Results: Winner Forgot You New Victoria Derby Favourite

Crystal Mile 2021 Results: Just Folk Scores Upset Win on Cox Plate Day

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Option for Red Anchor Winner Generation

Race Previews

Icebath Backs-Up in 2021 Kennedy Cantala Field: Betting Led By Mr Brightside

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Field & Betting Update: In The Congo Firms

Away He Goes Out Of Melbourne Cup 2021: James McDonald Loses Ride

I’m Thunderstruck Heads The Golden Eagle 2021 Field & Betting

2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Horses Chase Melbourne Cup Start

Fields & Form

Icebath Backs-Up in 2021 Kennedy Cantala Field: Betting Led By Mr Brightside

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes Field & Betting Update: In The Congo Firms

I’m Thunderstruck Heads The Golden Eagle 2021 Field & Betting

2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Horses Chase Melbourne Cup Start

Victoria Derby 2021 Field & Betting: Gunstock vs Forgot You