Oaks Heroine Duais Completes a Grand Day for Shamus Award

Mark Smith - Saturday June 5

An incredible day for Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award at Eagle Farm began with a nine-length winner, Incentivise, and ended with the Edward Cummings-trained Duais, the runaway winner of the $600,000 Group 1 James Squire Queensland Oaks (2200m).

Duais (image Michael McInally 7HorseRacing twitter)

Making her first start since finishing runner-up to the top-class Frankel (GB) filly Hungry Heart in the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks at Randwick on April 17, Duais was sensationally backed to start the $2.80 favourite.

Given a patient ride by Hugh Bowman, Duais scythed between runners from second last to win by a widening two and a half lengths over Charms Star (Per Incanto) with Signora Nera (Sweynesse) a short-neck back in third.

The Group III Adrian Knox Stakes winner at Randwick, Duais advances her record to four wins and four seconds from 10 starts with earnings of $743,015.


ings said it was always the plan to give the daughter of Shamus Award plenty of times between runs.

“We’ve done it already before in the prep. She was about seven weeks between runs from Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm,” Cummings said.

“We took her to the trials about three weeks out from Warwick Farm, put Hugh on in the trial and at Warwick Farm where she ran a PB. I think we just did the same thing and I’m surprised that not enough people found that out before we got here.

“She is a very kind, very willing filly and when you asked her she is very strong. She has an amazing system.

“I win like that that makes you think of bigger prospects in the spring.

“This is all very surreal. I suppose I will come to terms with it in the next few hours, the next few days and perhaps the next few months. There is something about this game that makes you want to get up in the next day and work harder and prove it again and again.”

Duais is a homebred for  Matthew Irwin and the Harris family from Queensland who purchased a Johannesburg (USA) filly for $22,000 at the 2009 Scone Yearling Sale.

Named Meerlust, a debut win at Grafton proved to be the career highlight in a 5-start career.

But what an outstanding success she has been at stud.

 She has two stakes-winners and a Doomben winner from three of her first four foals.

The first stakes-winner was the charismatic Casino Prince mare Baccarat Baby who won the Group III SunCTC Guineas and Listed SCTC Princess Stakes while banking over $500,000.

 Baccarat Baby purchased by Spendthrift for $650,000 at National Broodmare Sale

Consigned by Telemon Thoroughbreds to the recent National Broodmare Sale,  Baccarat Baby was purchased by Spendthrift Stud for $650,000 with the intention of sending her to the first season sire Dirty Work.  

Duais is a direct descendant of the great racemare and influential producer Fanfreluche (CAN) the dam of L'Enjoleur, La Voyageuse and D'Accord and ancestress of Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Meerlust has an unraced 2yo sister to Dasis named Amity Gal, but she has not had a foal since. The daughter of Johannesburg (USA) was covered by All Too Hard last spring. 

Duais becomes the third Group 1 winner for Shamus Award, and all three have earned the honour in classics. Mr Quickie claimed the 2019 BRC Queensland Derby and Media Award won the SAJC Schweppes Oaks in May .

Shamus Award stands at Rosemont Stud in 2021 at a fee of $33,000.

Shamus Award


Race Result - James Squire Queensland Oaks Gr1 2200m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:18.83
T: Edward Cummings J: J Bowman 56.5
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Meerlust (AUS) (Johannesburg (USA))
Charms Star
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
3f Per Incanto (USA) x Anniesstar (NZ) (Zed (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $65,000
V:Little Avondale Stud
B: Lisa Latta Racing
Signora Nera
T: C J Waller J: O P Bosson 56.5
3f Sweynesse (AUS) x Madonna Mia (NZ) (Red Clubs (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $40,000
V:Novara Park
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: N Rawiller 56.5
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Magical Mist (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 56.5
3f Ocean Park (NZ) x Shopaholic (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: L R Dittman 56.5
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Storm Fronts (AUS) (Hurricane Sky (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Wentwood Grange Cambridge NZ
B: Woppitt Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Only Words
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 56.5
3f Sweynesse (AUS) x Jungle Pago (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
T: C J Waller J: G Boss 56.5
3f So You Think (NZ) x Keysbrook (AUS) (So Secret (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: Michael Otto Bloodstock
MM National Weanling Sale $210,000
V:Aquis Farm Murrurundi NSW
B: Roderick Wachman Bloodstock
Rebel Rama
T: M C Conners J: Ms M Weir 56.5
3f Dissident (AUS) x Mossarama (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Corumbene Stud Dunedoo NSW
B: Marc Conners Racing
T: M D Moroney J: Ben Thompson 56.5
3f Savabeel (AUS) x O'Reilly Rose (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $300,000
B: Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir
Grace And Harmony
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
3f Sebring (AUS) x Champagne Harmony (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
Mishani Whisper
T: Ms K Purdy J: James Orman 56.5
3f Mahisara (AUS) x Mishani Shiva (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
Good Soize
T: T J Gollan J: Ryan Maloney 56.5
3f Adelaide (IRE) x Mountain Dew (AUS) (Snowland (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: Gollan Racing Stables / John Foote Bloodstock
More Reading...
New Case Alert for ‘Mum and Dad’ Partnerships
For a variety of reasons, the most popular tax structure to run a family horse business is a taxation partnership, often referred to as a ‘mum and dad partnership’.
Juvenile Trial Watch – Randwick
With our current season two year-olds about to turn three there were loads of them in action at the Randwick trials on Tuesday with 10 of the 20 heats won by juveniles highlighted by the return of Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside, while two unraced winners by I Am Invincible caught the eye and a daughter of Frankel.
Frankel Colt Wins Another G1
A last start winner of the Group I Epsom Derby, Godolphin’s homebred Frankel colt Adayar scored another big win overnight taking out the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1m 4f) at the expense of race favourite Love.
Making the Most of Frankel
It seems almost pre-ordained that in the year legendary sire Galileo chose to leave us, his finest son Frankel may well be ready to step into his shoes after taking a narrow lead over his sire in the latest Leading European Sires List by earnings.
Winning Rupert Winner The Latest Inglis Digital Success Story
The value to be found at Inglis Digital Sales was highlighted again at Taree on Tuesday by dominant two year-old winner Oblivion, the 12th winner for Newgate Farm young gun Winning Rupert.
Arrowfield Stud Bred Jumper on the Up
The latest round of Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association classes at Forbes last weekend produced some interesting winners including an Arrowfield Stud bred horse with a bright future as a showjumper.
Fashion Comes and Goes
Coco Chanel is famous for a great quote, “Fashion comes and goes, but style lasts forever” and it made me think about the pedigrees of our two Group I winning sprinters from last Saturday that may be deemed by a modern commercial breeder or an auction house as somewhat unfashionable.
2021 Bloodstock Auction Charity Stallion Auction
It's that time of year again! As the horses' birthday approaches so does Bloodstockauction.com’s Annual Ronald McDonald House Westmead Stallion Cover Charity Auction.
Dawn Approach Colt Wins G1 St James’s Palace
A homebred for legendary breeder and trainer Jim Bolger, Dawn Approach colt Poetic Flare won the Group I St James’s Place Stakes (1m) at Royal Ascot overnight defeating the gallant  Yulong owned Lucky Vega, who will stand at their Victorian farm this spring .
Six Winners for Belardo
Young Haunui Farm stallion BELARDO (IRE) (Lope de Vega) is currently New Zealand’s leading 2YO and First Season Sire by winners and he added another to his first crop tally yesterday which now sits at 6.