One To Watch - Hawkesbury

Mark Smith - Thursday May 23

The future looks bright for the 3-year-old Shamus Award gelding Odegaard, who made a winning career debut in the competitive Blakes Marine Provincial Maiden Hcp (1300m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.

Winning debut (image Hawkesbury RC/Bradley Photographers)

Ridden by Tim Clark for Ed Cummings, Odegaard sat just off the pace, moving to a challenging position on the turn. When asked for an effort, the son of Shamus Award had plenty to offer, hitting the line strongly to hand the honest 4-year-old Caravaggio (USA) mare Miss Cartel her third consecutive second.

The Sara Ryan-trained 2-year-old Justify (USA) filly Lady Justice took on her elders at her career debut and was far from disgraced in finishing third. There will be a win for her in the not-too-distant future.


Odegaard was a $200,000 purchase for Myrtle House from the Rosemont Farm draft at the 2022 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Odegaard a $200,000 Inglis Easter yearling

“It’s wonderful for the owners, Don Dickie and his team, Julia Ritchie and a few other good supporters of the stable,” Ed Cummings said.

“He was an impressive yearling and a relatively expensive Shamus Award, out of a half to Nature Strip. He is not quite the genuine sprinter he was, but we are hopeful he is a really nice 2000m plus horse.

“He has taken a bit of time, which is why he is debuting now. It took a little while to get his legs right, but he developed a bit of hardiness when he grew into himself.

“He has improved significantly from one outing to the next, and they are the horses you want to fill the stable with.”

Plenty to look forward too (image Hawkesbury RC/Bradley Photographers)

Bred by Barree Stud, Odegaard is the first runner for the Star Witness mare Tainted Witness, a sister to the Listed Fernhill Hacp winner The Barrister and a half-sister to 9-time Group 1 winner and $20,765,008 earner Nature Strip (Nicconi).

 A $90,000 buy at the 2015 Inglis Gold Yearling Sale, Tainted Witness has a sister to Odegaard sell to Apollo Ng for $145,000 from the Ultra Thoroughbreds draft at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Sent to New Zealand to foal another Shamus Award filly in 2022, Tainted Witness foaled a Savabeel filly last spring and was bred back to the champion Waikato stallion.



Race Result - Blakes Marine Provincial Mdn Hcp 1300m

Hawkesbury Track: Good(4) Time: 1:17.19
- 3g Shamus Award (AUS) x Tainted Witness (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Tnr: Edward Cummings Rdr: Tim Clark 59
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
Seller: Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
Buyer: Myrtle House
Miss Cartel
- 4m Caravaggio (USA) x Escobar (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: Angela Davies Rdr: A Gibbons 57
MM Gold Coast National Yearling Sale $60,000
Seller: Newhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW
Buyer: Angela Davies Racing
Lady Justice
- 2f Justify (USA) x Lady Young (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Sara Ryan Rdr: A Hyeronimus 56
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
Seller: Morning Rise Stud, Red Hill
Buyer: Domeland Pty Ltd
- 3g Justify (USA) x Lady Melksham (AUS) (Artie Schiller (USA))
Tnr: Stephen O'Halloran Rdr: K S Latham 57
Reiby Princess
- 5m Strada (AUS) x Reiby Royale (AUS) (Desert Prince (IRE))
Tnr: Peter D Green Rdr: G Buckley 55
Montigo Bay
- 3f Ribchester (IRE) x Star Of The Ring (AUS) (Teofilo (IRE))
Tnr: Ross McConville Rdr: Tyler Schiller 57
Shadow Express
- 3g Impending (AUS) x High Above (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Tnr: Blake Ryan Rdr: A B Collett 57.5
- 3f Pierro (AUS) x Chrisellaine (IRE) (Iffraaj (GB))
Tnr: R & L Price Rdr: Reece Jones 55
Bubbles And Caviar
- 3f Russian Revolution (AUS) x Champagne Kisses (AUS) (Onemorenomore (AUS))
Tnr: Ms K Waugh Rdr: J Ford 56.5
Exolent Choice
- 4g Exosphere (AUS) x Olive Com (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
Tnr: J D Cooper Rdr: J Penza 55.5
- 3g Russian Revolution (AUS) x Pure Pride (NZ) (Shocking (AUS))
Tnr: M & D Kearney Rdr: Jett Stanley 55
Savanna Golden Boy
- 4g No Nay Never (USA) x Goldam (AUS) (Twining (USA))
Tnr: Daniel Robinson Rdr: R Hutchings 59
- 4m Shocking (AUS) x Pyrate Princess (NZ) (Pyrus (USA))
Tnr: Ms K Outtrim Rdr: H Van Der Hoven 55
- 3g Maurice (JPN) x Boca Chica (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: James Ponsonby Rdr: K Jennings 58
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