Shamardal relentless in Europe

Monday, 1 October 2012

Shamardal is continuing a relentless drive for stakes winners as the flat season draws to a close in Europe.

The former Darley shuttler sired his 8th Group 1 winner when Amaron capped another notable afternoon in the Premio Vittorio di Capua at San Siro.  Earlier on Sunday, Shamardal filly Calipatria won the G3 Grosser Preis Jungheinrich Gabelstapler at Hanover.

Amaron (3c Shamardal – Amandalini by Bertolini) cost 105,000gns at Tattersalls in December 2010 when purchased by BBA Germany.  He started a 6/4 favourite in Italy and ran on well under pressure to win by a length.  He follows Shamardal’s 2012 Group 1 winners Crackerjack King (Premio Presidente della Repubblica) and Sagawara (Prix Saint-Alary).

Shamardal has sired 307 individual winners at a 68% strike-rate.  The stakes percentage is just as impressive with 42 stakes winners plus 26 stakes placed.

They are remarkable figures with his oldest just turned six.  Captain Sonador led the way among his first crop with a Group 1 victory in the Epsom Hcp.  After covering 119 mares in his first season, Captain Sonador is in the midst of another busy book at Raheen Stud.

The first Captain Sonador foals are coming thick and fast at Raheen and at Gregg Wagner’s property at Westbrook.  Wagner raced Captain Sonador and sent 25 mares to him last year.  They all came up positive and 21 had already delivered towards the end of September.

Captain Sonador is the highest rated miler to retire to stud in Queensland since Show A Heart.  Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan stands him for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.

Shamardal colt with Davy Bonilla aboard