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shamardal 14 june 05

Shamardal: the champion first-season sire elect has injured his withers

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Shamardal to sit out rest of Australian season

SHUTTLE stallion Shamardal has injured his withers, forcing him to sit out the rest of the southern hemisphere breeding season at Darley Australia in the Hunter Valley.

The son of Giant's Causeway has missed covering duties in recent weeks, but is convalescing in his paddock and is expected to make a full recovery by the end of the year.

Shamardal will return to Europe with the rest of the Darley shuttlers in time for the northern hemisphere, and is expected to cover a full book of mares.

He is represented this year by his first crop of northern hemisphere two-year-olds, and has got off to a promising start, being represented by 17 individual winners including Group 3 winner Arctic and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere fourth Lope De Vega.

Victory in the lucrative Goffs Million Mile for his son Shakespearean - who also won the Solario Stakes in August - has all but guaranteed him the title of leading first-season sire in Europe by prize money.




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