Shalaa maintains global momentum

Shalaa is generating plenty of good news around the world including his first Australian trial winner, Shaquero. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Global good news is the theme of the week for first season sire Shalaa thanks to his first Australian trial winner, his latest stakes performer in France, a debut winner in Japan and a new winner & a debut placegetter in England.

Here are Shalaa’s highlights from the last seven days:

Monday 21 September – Shalaa posts his first 2YO trial winner in Australia, the Chris Waller-trained colt Shaquero (ex Fimatino by Not A Single Doubt), who cruised home nicely at the Gold Coast for owners David Devine & Neville Morgan.

Bred by Bob Hannon (who also bred dual Group 1 winner, now sire Shamus Award), Shaquero was a $160,000 Guy Mulcaster buy from Fernrigg Farm’s draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. 

Saturday 19 September – at Chukyo in Japan, Hitoyogiri (ex Federation by Motivator) opened her career with a two-length win in a Newcomers race over 1200 metres. She was bought for 120,000 guineas from the Tattersalls October consignment of Floors Stud by owner Toji Morita.

Also on Saturday, Haija (ex Rasmiya by Galileo), prepared by John Gosden for Al Shaqab Racing (the team behind Shalaa’s racing career), overcame an awkward start to run second on debut at Newmarket to her well-fancied stablemate Monsoon Moon.

Friday 18 September – Legal Attack (ex Lauren Louise by Tagula) backed up from his winning debut at Newmarket, UK on 29 August to finish second in the Chantilly Prix Eclipse G3. He’s trained by Simon & Ed Crisford and is Shalaa’s third stakes performer after Saeiqa (3rd, Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2) and No Speak Alexander (2nd, Leopardstown Ingabelle S. LR).

Wednesday 16 September – the Michael Stoute-trained colt My Swallow (ex Green Swallow by Green Tune), a 130,000 guineas Tattersalls October buy, won a 7-furlong novice at his second start at Sandown, UK.

Shalaa now has 12 juvenile winners in five countries from his first European crop and is serving his fourth Southern Hemisphere book of mares at Arrowfield.

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