The Shamus Award Bandwagon Rolls on with Swats That

Mark Smith - Friday September 25

A luckless second in the Cap D'Antibes Stakes at Flemington on her seasonal debut on September 13, the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Swats That overcame a tough run to ring up her first stakes win in Friday night’s Group III Piper-Heidsieck Scarborough Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

All too easy for Swats That (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Ridden by John Allen the 3yo daughter of Shamus Award was obliged to race three deep without cover from her outside barrier. She took control of the race at the home turn to defeat the fast-finishing Highly Discreet (Street Boss) by with the favourite Dirty Thoughts (So You Think).

Try Corstens said the Coolmore Stud Stakes is her goal this preparation.

“She was three-wide and had no peace whatsoever and was very, very strong,” Troy Corstens said.


uo;It’s nice to see her do that because we have all put in a lot of work and we always thought she was pretty good.

A homebred for Adam Gay, Swats That is a sister to 2-time winner My Sweet Fish, Swats out of the unraced Bel Esprit mare Is It A Mosquito whose dam Yes I Will (USA) (Danzig) is a daughter of the great racemare Let’s Elope.

A daughter of Nassipour (USA), Let’s Elope won 11 races including the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double in 1991.

It A Mosquito has a 2yo filly by Shamus Award and a yearling filly by Trust In A Gust.

Purchased by Glenrae Stud for $5,500 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale, It A Mosquito recently foaled to Jimmy Creed (USA) before being covered by Shamus award again.

Dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award is having a golden run and Swats That takes the stakes-winners total  for the Rosemont Stud stallion to eight.

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Race Result - Piper-Heidsieck Scarborough Gr3 1200m

Moonee Valley Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:11.80
Swats That
T: L & T Corstens J: John Allen 56
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Is It A Mosquito (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Highly Discreet
T: P Stokes J: L Nolen 56
3f Street Boss (USA) x Very Discreet (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Dirty Thoughts
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Jamie Kah 56
3f So You Think (NZ) x Sheer Fantazee (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
So You Think
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $16,000
V:Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Euroa
B: Ellerton Zahra Racing Pty Ltd
Money In My Pocket
T: Mitchell Freedman J: Damian Lane 56
3f Headwater (AUS) x Little Evie (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $15,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Scott McQueen
Raison D'Etre
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 56
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Abduction (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Supreme Idea
T: A & S Freedman J: Jye McNeil 56
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Sweet Sister (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone
B: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock
Pretty Rossa
T: M M Laurie J: Ethan Brown 56
3f Testa Rossa (AUS) x Reconstruct (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $40,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Huang Qingcai
T: D Clarken & O Macgillivray J: J Mott 56
3f Headwater (AUS) x Lady Einstein (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $42,000
V:Little Hills Pastoral Co
B: Oopy MacGillivray
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 56
3f Artie Schiller (USA) x Excellent Lady (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
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