Shamus Award Filly Sparkles On Debut
Mark Smith - Saturday March 28

Highly regarded by the stable, the Shamus Award filly Swats That made a hugely impressive debut in Saturday’ s $250,000 Smartline Bendigo VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo.

Settled back midfield by John Allen, the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained filly came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the luckless, Pride Of Dubai filly, Bella Nipotina, who had been caught for wide the trip, by one and three-quarter lengths with the Rubick filly  Masseuse the same distance back in third.Swats That - Racing Photos

“She’s a nice filly. I’ve ridden her in a couple of jump outs, it’s hard to get a real gauge but she’d done everything nicely,” Allen said.  

“She was never really taken off the bridle, so it was hard to get a real gauge of how good she is.”

Leon Corstens was surprised his filly had not shown a lot of zip early but was impressed with the way she finished.

“I thought she’d be a bit more on the pace than she was. There were no instructions. He’s (Allen) ridden the filly in two trials, so he knew what to do,” Corstens said.

“You really like to see them race like she did - off the pace whereas in the trial she went to the front and stayed there. Today she was off the pace and worked home well. We’re hoping (she’s got a lot more in her).”Swats That strikes a pose after valuable win on debut - Racing Photos

“She gave me a nice feel and it was pretty easy today. Good effort.”

A sister to 2-time winner My Sweet Fish, Swats That is the second foal 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 yearling filly by Shamus Award and a filly foal by Trust In A Gust.

Purchased by Glenrae Stud for $5,500 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale, It A Mosquito and was covered by Jimmy Creed (USA) last spring.


Shamus Award in upcoming sales:
Smartline Bendigo Gold Rush 1000m
Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 0:57.36
Swats That
T: L & T Corstens J: John Allen 56
2f Shamus Award (AUS) x Is It A Mosquito (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Bella Nipotina
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Jamie Kah 56
2f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Bella Orfana (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Mt Hallowell Stud
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: M Zahra 56
2f Rubick (AUS) x Ahhhh (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $150,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Ciaron Maher Racing / John Foote Bloodstock
T: R D Griffiths J: Beau Mertens 56
2f Turffontein (AUS) x Crown Ruby (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Robbie Griffiths Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
River Night
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damian Lane 56
2f Night Of Thunder (IRE) x River Pearl (AUS) (Helmet (AUS))
Lunar Fox
T: T & K O'Sullivan J: B Prebble 58
2c Foxwedge (AUS) x Grant's Moon (USA) (Malibu Moon (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Kelly Thoroughbreds, Sale
B: TKO Racing
Miss Inbetween
T: M J Mehegan J: L Nolen 56
2f Fighting Sun (AUS) x Ruby Ninetails (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $25,000
V:Springmount, Romsey
B: MJM Racing And Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: D Dunn 56
2f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Pinova (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $380,000
V:Attunga Stud Blandford NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
Cut It Out
T: John McArdle J: D W Stackhouse 56
2f Kuroshio (AUS) x Legcut (AUS) (Danerich (AUS))
Tarcoola Diva
T: Gemma Rielly J: J Bowditch 56
2f Cluster (AUS) x Explosive Cross (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
T: T J Hughes Jnr J: J Winks 58
2g Dream Ahead (USA) x Miss Octopussy (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss 58
2g Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Posh Chic (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $30,000
V:Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Elite Bloodstock
Madam Mischief
T: Archie Alexander J: Neil Farley 56
2f Turffontein (AUS) x Permissive (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))