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Big Shuffle dominates Hamburg Group 3

BIG SHUFFLE, one of the leading influences for speed in Germany for the past two decades, was responsible for three of the 11-runner field in Wednesday's Group 3 Hamburger Flieger-Trophy at Hamburg, and duly enjoyed a good result, providing two of the first three home.

Two short heads separated the principals in the 6f event, with the Big Shuffle five-year-old Walero narrowly coming out on top over Calrissian, a gelding by Efisio.A further short head back in third was another son of Big Shuffle, Smooth Operator.

Big Shuffle, who died at the age of 25 at Gestuet Auenquelle in December 2009, is the sire of 30 Group winners in total led by Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio heroine Turfrose. Another representative of the son of Super Concorde, Group 2 winner Areion, has developed into a leading German sire.

Trained by Dermot Weld on behalf of breeder Moyglare Stud Farm, Big Shuffle won a trio of Group3 events, namely the Cork And Orrery Stakes, Tetrarch Stakes and Greenlands Stakes.

Bred by owner H. Schroer-Dreesmann in Germany on the same Big Shuffle - Lagunas cross as German Group 2 winners Pepperstorm and Peppercorn, Walero is the best of three winners out of the winning mare Waterbor. He is also a half-brother to the dam of Listed winner Wise Man (by Alkalde).

 

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