Shamus Awards Starting to Fire at Three

Media Release - Wednesday April 17

Most experts anticipated that the progeny of Shamus Award would really hit their straps as three-year-olds, and it would appear that they were correct.

Currently sitting fifth on the second season sires' list by winners, Shamus Award (who brilliantly captured the W.S. Cox Plate as a three-year-old maiden) struck a purple patch recently with seven winners in just five days.

Shamus AwardHe also had his first stakeswinner over the weekend, with Classic WeiWei posting a tough victory in the Port Adelaide Guineas.

Top performers this season include the aptly-named Mr Quickie (winner of seven from ten and $375,000, including the Mornington Guineas) and the stakes-placed Causeway Girl.

The dual Group One-winning stallion also has some promising types in the wings, including the winning half-sister to She Will Reign and Time to Reign, Rosina Koronup. Trainer Bjorn Baker is looking at a Brisbane winter campaign and some black type races for her. "I think she's definitely stakes class," he says. "She showed really good ability last time." Bjorn says Shamus Award is "leaving some nice horses - I'm seeing them starting to win."

"He's been on a good roll of late," agrees Widden studmaster Antony Thompson, who is unsurprised by the breed's ability to improve sharply at three. Importantly, he says, the strong numbers that Shamus Award has coming through will certainly hold him in good stead. "We believe he's going to make a really solid stallion, particularly of three-year-olds, in and around the mile range."

Breeding to 'the best sons of the best sons' has long been a recipe for success. With the Danehill sireline once again in the spotlight due to the sad passing of Redoute's Choice, Shamus Award - being by Snitzel, arguably Redoutes' best son – has a proud legacy to uphold, but in just his second season at stud he's already getting the job done.

The market is reacting favourably to Shamus Award's recent strike rate. Two of the top ten lots sold at the recent Adelaide Magic Millions sales were by the imposing brown. Respected judge Leon Macdonald says of the $150,000 filly he bought: "She's a very nice type of filly, and he [Shamus Award] was a very good horse himself…a Group One winner in a good race. I see no reason why he can't make the grade."

It's a little-known fact that the Shamus Award is a literary prize given to the best detective novel published each year. But it doesn't take much detective work to find out where the value is in the Hunter this season!

Shamus Award stands at Widden Stud this season for $11,000



Advertisment
More Reading...
Dark Horses Will Be Hard to Beat
The horses and riders are arriving at Stonewall Equestrian for the TSHA National Titles (May 23 – 26) and one of the most interesting teams taking on the Maiden Teams Challenge features a couple of wily old showjumpers and a Group I placed Godolphin stakes-winner that earned nearly $1million on the track.
Lofty Goals for Written Tycoon's Private Life
Backed as if unbeatable when fourth on debut at Canterbury, Private Life defied a betting drift when opening his winning account in Wednesday's Hyland Race Colours Maiden Hcp (1100m) at Warick Farm so impressively, Chris Waller has tagged him a Guineas horse.
Shamus Award Churning Out The Winners
If you think you have noticed Shamus Award popping up regularly in the winner’s column, you’d be right.
Kiwi 3YO Stakes Derby Claim
Talented three-year-old stayer First Innings has booked a place in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) after coming from last to land a 2180m three-year-old handicap at Ipswich on Wednesday.
One To Watch - Hawkesbury
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.
Sires With Winners - Wednesday May 22
Here is the full list of 43 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
On To The Derby - Soul Patch Romps In Moonee Valley Vase
The Whishaw family of Armidale Stud will be biting the fingernails down to the quick as the countdown to Mystic Journey’s historic bid for the Cox Plate draws ever closer but the nerves would have been settled somewhat by the win of the Victoria Derby bound Soul Patch in Saturday's Group II Drummond Golf Vase (2040m).
Riverdene Stud Fees Confirmed
Established sires DISSIDENT and SIZZLING comprise the Riverdene Stud stallion roster for another covering season with the Riverina-based outfit confirming that the Group 1 winning duo will again stand at an advertised service fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) on live foal payment terms.
Another Day and Another New Stakes-Winner for Churchill
Headed to Coolmore Australia again this spring, Churchill (RE) posted another new stakes-winner overnight when the Lanwades Stud homebred mare Madame Ambassador won the Listed Rothesay Stakes (1m2f) at Ayr.
Inglis Digital Expands into the USA
Inglis is proud to announce its expansion into America via a takeover and rebrand of leading online thoroughbred auction company Wanamaker’s, which will now be known as Inglis Digital USA.