McNab lands Sinsational ride

Local comeback apprentice Michael McNab has picked up the ride on Auckland Cup winner Shez Sinsational when she resumes at Tauranga on Saturday.

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock has entrusted McNab with the ride on the triple Group One winner in the Stewart Browne Group 1400, which will be the mare’s leadup to a three-race Queensland campaign.

McNab will be just the third jockey to ride Shez Sinsational on raceday with Opie Bosson and James McDonald being aboard on the 19 occasions. Bosson rode Shez Sinsational in her first 10 starts and McDonald then took over.

“I’ve been watching Michael since he started back and he’s riding very well,” said Sharrock. “He’ll help by taking a couple of kilos off her back, too.”

Though Shez Sinsational is the star in the Tauranga sprint, a win will be a bonus as she won’t be at her peak until she gets to Brisbane. Her main mission is the Group I $A500,000 Doomben Cup May 19 and either side of that feature she will contest the Group II $A300,000 Hollindale Cup on May 3 and the Group II $A250,000 P.J. O’Shea Stakes on June 2.

Though Shez Sinsational will be facing 1400 metres, a distance far short of her best trip, she has pleased Sharrock with her recentwork. “She won a jumpout over 1000 metres last week and has galloped well since
then,” he said. “She’s very well. I’ll take the blinkers off, too, especially as she’s fresh.”

Just getting the ride on Shez Sinsational is a confidence-booster for McNab, who has ridden 10 winners since making his comeback at New Plymouth on February 18.

Apprenticed to Stephen Marsh, McNab was third on the the stable runner Cheetak on that first day back riding and four days later he was successful on High Priest at Dargaville for Todd Mitchell.

McNab picked up a double at Otaki recently, winning on The Prince Of Pop for Andrew and Melanie Davies and General Lincoln for Lisa Latta.