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Shamardal: the Darley shuttler covered 101 mares in Australia last year

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Second Australian winner for Shamardal

DARLEY shuttle stallion Shamardal was represented by his second southern hemisphere two-year-old winner on Saturday, when his daughter Marquardtmade an impressive debut at Rosehill.

Marquardt is out of the Centaine mare Centrefold Angel, a half-sister to McGuane, a Listed winner over 2m3f. She is trained by Jason Coyle and owned by Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm, who paid NZ$100,000 for her at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale.

Runner-up to Marquardt was Manhattan Rain, a Gai Waterhouse-trained half-brother to Australian sire sensation Redoute's Choice.

Shamardal won the Dewhurst Stakes at two for Mark Johnston, and was transferred to Saeed Bin Suroor at three. At that age he won three Group 1 races – the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the Prix du Jockey Club and the St. James's Palace Stakes.

He sired 83 foals in his first Australian crop. The first winner from that group was the filly Happy Hippy, who is also trained by Coyle and owned by Tinkler, and who won her maiden in October.

Though he missed the 2007 southern hemisphere breeding season due to the Equine Influenza outbreak, Shamardal covered 101 mares in Australia last year, at a fee of A$44,000.

His first European crop are two-year-olds this year, and he will stand the 2009 northern hemisphere breeding season at Kildangan Stud for €20,000.





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