One to Watch – Ballarat

Tara Madgwick - Thursday July 16

Transferred to Rosemont Stud last year, Shamus Award has made every post a winner since then with four stakes-winners this season and an exciting two year-old debut winner at Ballarat on Thursday.

The Matt Laurie trained filly A Pinch of Luck needed no luck when stepping out for the first time in the 1100 metre maiden, bolting away to win by six lengths as a favourite.


A modest $30,000 Inglis Premier Book 2 purchase for her trainer from the Golden Grove draft, A Pinch of Luck was bred by Golden Grove and is the first foal of A Pinch of Salt, who comes from an impressive female family.

The daughter of Star Witness is from a half-sister to Group II winners Prince of War and Perana as well as stakes-winner Prince Arthur and claims blue hen Princess Tracy (IRE) as her third dam.

This is the family of Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and this season’s Group I VRC Australian Guineas winner Alligator Blood as well as Group I winners Danasinga, Master of Design and Tracy’s Element.

Golden Grove will be thrilled with the win of A Pinch of Luck as her dam has a yearling filly by Shamus Award to follow.

Shamus Award has sired the winners of over $5million in prizemoney this season and his seasonal strike rate of 56% winners to runners is the best of all stallions in the Top 50 by earnings!

Shamus Award has the best winner to runner strike rate of all stallions in the Top 50 by earnings

The most successful proven sire son of Snitzel, Shamus Award stands at a fee of $19,800 this spring.



Race Result - Craigs Royal Hotel Mdn Plate 1100m

Ballarat Synthetic Track: Synthetic Time: 1:05.65
A Pinch Of Luck
T: M M Laurie J: Lachlan Neindorf 54
2f Shamus Award (AUS) x A Pinch Of Salt (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
La Cafe
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 55.5
2f Keep The Faith (AUS) x Downalatte (AUS) (Churchill Downs (AUS))
T: P A Banks J: Zac Spain 55.5
2f Stryker (AUS) x Miss Aristocrat (AUS) (King Of Prussia (AUS))
T: Ms N Burke J: Beau Mertens 58
3f Better Than Ready (AUS) x Zaripova (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Yarramalong Park Kalbar Qld
B: Kendrick Racing
Esprit's Reward
T: D S Archard J: Dean Holland 55.5
2f Reward For Effort (AUS) x Moon Esprit (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
T: Andrew Noblet J: M J Walker 55.5
2f Street Boss (USA) x Miss Doubtfire (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $26,000
V:Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA
B: Dream Thoroughbreds / Yargi Racing / Bluegrass Bloodstock (FBAA)
T: Stephen Field J: Neil Farley 58
4m Burgundy (NZ) x Head Girl (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 2 $50,000
V:Westend Partnership
B: Mr AR Campbell
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