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Eye Surgery For Te Akau Shark

Tuesday, 16th June 2020

Trans-Tasman Group 1 winner Te Akau Shark’s return to training has been delayed due to impending surgery on a rare eye condition. The popular galloper has been spelling in New South Wales after finishing fifth in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at the end of a fruitful campaign that netted Group 1 victories in both the Waikato Sprint (1400m) and Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m). “Whilst spelling, we further investigated an eye irritation of Te Akau Shark’s that we have managed successfully,” Te Akau Racing Principal David Ellis told NZ Racing Desk. “Expert international equine eye surgeons, together with our Sydney veterinary team, have decided it is in Te Akau Shark’s best future racing interests to undergo an optic implant surgery. His issue is a rare one and the procedure has been scheduled for this week.” Ellis advised, “While the prognosis remains guarded, we are hopeful that Te Akau Shark will return to the track in due course, to again display his talent and that ‘wow’ factor that he is so well known and loved for.”

Te Akau Shark

Te Akau Shark (pic: Kenton Wright)
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