It was a New Zealand one-two finish in today’s Group 2 2012 Hollindale Stakes, with highly-rated mare Shez Sinsational beating Peter Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven in a tight photo finish at the Gold Coast.
Triple Honour and Shez Sinsational jumped to the early lead in a race that lacked any real speed, with the field trotting along slowly behind the pair.
Those two remained at the front of the pack for almost the entire race and as they came to the straight it was Shez Sinsational and Lights Of Heaven who were able to lift.
It was too close to call as they crossed the finish line but after a photo review the victory was awarded to the Allan Sharrock-trained four-year-old in what was her first race on Australian soil this year.
Sharrock was full of praise for the mare who is being targeted for the Group 1 Doomben Cup on May 19.
“She’s a good horse, she’s a very good horse,” Sharrock said.
“Doomben Cup…I’d love a firm track, I think she’s twice the girl on a firm track.”
The Auckland Cup winner now has eight wins from 20 starts including her last three consecutively.
Highly-rated German import Mawingo was heavily backed in the lead up but had to settle with third.
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Hollindale Stakes 2012 – Results
|1||13||SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Opie Bosson||–||13||57kg||$5|
|2||14||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0.1L||9||57kg||$9.50|
|3||12||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Daniel Moor||3.4L||1||59kg||$4.20|
|4||9||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3.5L||14||59kg||$3.50F|
|5||1||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton||Shane Scriven||4.5L||3||59kg||$8.50|
|6||3||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Glyn Schofield||5.3L||7||59kg||$8|
|7||2||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||5.4L||4||59kg||$15|
|8||6||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Josh Adams (a)||6.2L||6||59kg||$41|
|9||5||PEPPERWOOD||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||6.5L||2||59kg||$61|
|10||8||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Jim Byrne||8.3L||8||59kg||$101|
|11||7||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||Grant Cooksley||9.3L||11||59kg||$41|
|12||10||RUNDLE||Kelly Purdy||Paul Hammersley||9.8L||12||59kg||$101|
|13||4||GATHERING||John P Thompson||Michael Cahill||12.3L||10||59kg||$26|
|14||11||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin||Chris Munce||15.1L||5||59kg||$31|