Shezzacatch strode out strongly in the final 100 metres when scoring an impressive win in a 1000m jumpout at Hastings today.
There were seven heats run up against the inside rail on the course proper, which provided good footing.
The Lowry/Cullen-trained Shezzacatch contested the last of three 1000m heats and clocked the fastest time of 58.8s when beating stablemate Penny Royal by a length, with Shenanigans a long neck back in third.
Shezzacatch missed a start at last Saturday’s abandoned Wellington meeting and is now likely to contest a $30,000 Rating 74 race over 1200m at Awapuni on December 18.
Gracie Lee, a member of Shane Brown’s Woodville stable, was another good winner at the jumpouts, scoring by three lengths in a 750m heat and clocking 46.2s. She unplaced in two starts last year but has been placed in several trials.
Heat 1, 400m: Jimmy Choux 5yr-old gelding (K Hercock) 1, Sweynesse-Happy To Keepa 2yr-old filly 2, Sacred Falls 2yr-old filly 3. Four starters. Margins: Nose, ¾ length. Time: 28.5. Winner trained by Michael Gardner, Gisborne.
Heat 2, 400m: O’Reilly’s Choice-Arizona 3yr-old filly (Z Thomson) 1, Zed 3yr-old filly 2, Time Test-Deb 2yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 6 lengths, head. Time: 25.9s. Winner trained by Dean Howard, Hastings.
Heat 3, 750m: Gracie Lee (K Hercock) 1, Shocking-Peritinette 3yr-old gelding 2, Keeper 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 3 lengths, long neck. Time: 46.2s. Winner trained by Shane Brown, Woodville.
Heat 4, 750m: All Over Now (K Hercock) 1, Preferment 3yr-old gelding 2, He’s Remarkable 6yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Neck, 1-1/4 lengths. Time: 46.5s. Winner trained by Kate Hercock, Waipukurau.
Heat 5, 1000m: Graeme John (K Hercock) 1, Darci Brahma-Edwina 3yr-old filly 2, Sweynesse 3yr-old filly 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. Time: 60.50s. Winner trained by Shane Brown, Woodville.
Heat 6, 1000m: Karehana Bay (C O’Beirne) 1, Savabeel-Eleonora 3yr-old filly 2, Erebus 3. Five starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, long neck. Time: 59s.
Heat 7, 1000m: Shezzacatch (L Zydenbos) 1, Penny Royal 2, Shenanigans 3. Four starters. Margins: 1 length, long neck. Time: 58.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.