I Am Superman Opens His Stakes Account

Mark Smith - Saturday September 26

A three-time winner in Ireland, I Am Superman arrived in Australia with his trainer and part-owner Michael O’Callaghan for the inaugural $7,500,000 Golden Eagle after finishing third in a Group III race at Leopardstown following a meritorious sixth in the Group 1 2000 Guineas (1609m) at The Curragh won by Phoenix Of Spain from Too Darn Hot.

Group 1 next for I Am Superman (Steve Hart)

The son of Footstepsinthesand (IRE) finished down the track behind Kolding but he was left in the care of Peter and Paul Snowden and had some decent form in stakes races in Sydney before opening his Australian account over 1400m at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes day.

Back in Sydney for Saturday’s Group II Iron Jack Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill, I Am Superman made it two on the trot when opening his stakes account with a one and a quarter length score over Riodini (Proisir) with Looks Like Elvis (All American) a half-neck back in third.

I Am Superman earned a ticket for the Epsom Handicap, but Paul Snowden said he is unlikely to go that way.

“We were devastated when he didn’t get a run in the Rupert Clarke last week, we thought he would be very effective and they are the races we are targeting for him,” Paul Snowden said.

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uo;We wanted to win today to make sure we got a run in the Toorak in two weeks. The Epsom may be a bit strong for him at this stage. He is exempt from ballot and we will give him every chance, but we will probably go to the Toorak.

“He is still a bull, so it is important to get that Group 1 on his resume."

Kerrin McEvoy Brings I am Superman back to scale (Steve Hart)

A €20,000 Goffs weanling, I Am Superman was purchased by Michael O'Callaghan for €49,000 out of the Danesrath Stud draft at the 2017 Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.

He is the lone winner from two to race out of the unraced Fastnet Rock mare Fastnet lady a daughter of the Group III-placed Montjeu mare Mooretown Lady.

I Am Superman (IRE) becomes the 65th stakes-winner for the Two Thousand Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand (GB) (Giant’s Causeway) a two-season shuttler to Coolmore Australia.
 

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Race Result - Shannon Stakes Gr2 1500m

Rosehill Track: Good(3) Time: 1:29.10
1
I Am Superman
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 54.5
5h Footstepsinthesand (GB) x Fastnet Lady (IRE) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Footstepsinthesand
2
1.3
Riodini
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Rachel King 53.5
4g Proisir (AUS) x Giardini (NZ) (Perfectly Ready (AUS))
3
1.5
Looks Like Elvis
T: J M Austin J: J R Collett 54
6g All American (AUS) x Savalook (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: Bryan Dais Racing
4
2.0
Scarlet Dream
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 54
5m Sebring (AUS) x Asylum Seeker (SAF) (Count Dubois (GB))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $95,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: World Wide Bloodstock
5
2.4
Niccanova
T: Craig Carmody J: Regan Bayliss 57.5
7g Nicconi (AUS) x Dananova (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
6
2.6
Nudge
T: C J Waller J: Ms K O'Hara 53
4m Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Julinsky Princess (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $380,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Burradoo NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
7
2.8
Miss Siska
T: Matthew Smith J: J B Mc Donald 56
7m So You Think (NZ) x Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA))
8
3.1
Quackerjack
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 57.5
5g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Quack It (NZ) (Ustinov (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Rosari Farm Warwick Qld
B: Mark Newnham Racing
9
3.7
So You Win
T: C J Waller J: Thomas Stockdale 53.5
6g So You Think (NZ) x Rhode Island Red (USA) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Chris Waller Racing
10
4.0
Yamazaki
T: David Pfieffer J: R Dolan 53
5m Real Saga (AUS) x Wabeel (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld
B: Chris Anderson Racing
11
4.1
Tyzone
T: A J & T Edmonds J: J Byrne 59
7g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Rezonet (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale $60,000
V:Kenmore Lodge Dulacca Qld
B: Magic Millions As Agent
12
4.2
Crack On Crack On
T: Gary & John Moore J: B Avdulla 54
6g Havana Gold (IRE) x Almunia (IRE) (Mujadil (USA))
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