Shalaa unveils third Australian stakeswinner

Shalaa has posted his third Australian 2YO stakeswinner this season, Quang Tri, winner of the VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR over Flemington's testing 1600 metres. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Shalaa’s 2YO daughter Seven Veils earned automatic entry to the $5 million Golden Slipper G1 with a strong all-the-way victory in Saturday’s $300,000 ATC Reisling S. 1200m G2.

Only Snitzel’s daughter Dashing Legend – an Arrowfield Inglis Easter graduate – made ground late for second, with Godolphin filly Ojai third. 

The quality of Seven Veils’ performance was franked by her time: more than a half-second faster than star colt Sejardan ran in winning the Todman S. G2 thirty-five minutes after the Reisling.

That wasn’t the end of Shalaa’s contribution to the day’s feature 2YO racing. His son Shalatin was a resolute third behind Sejardan and Snitzel colt Boyfriend in the Todman, and his daughter All Sassed Up was second on debut in the $200,000 Magic Millions SA 2YO Classic. 

Long-time friends and fellow Doctors, Chris Rogers & Paul Hughes celebrate a valuable Group 2 victory by their home-bred Shalaa filly Seven Veils. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Trained by Mark Newnham for her breeders Chris Rogers & Paul Hughes, Seven Veils is the third foal of the Redoute’s Choice mare Mesmereyeser who sadly died in January, less than three months after foaling a second Shalaa filly. 

Mark Newnham said, “[Seven Veils] has always had above-average ability…She made a few mistakes on debut and it just cost her the win… I was buoyed by the fact the form out of the race has been quite strong and she has shown good natural improvement from her first-up run.”

Shalaa, also the sire of Magic Millions 2YO Classic and dual Group 3 winner Shaquero, and this season’s Inglis Banner RL winner Semillion, has compiled 29 winners and almost $2 million prizemoney in Australia this season.

Always well-received in Australian sale-rings, Shalaa’s third-crop yearlings have averaged $144,000 to date, with a top price of $500,000 paid for the Set For Fame filly at Magic Millions. The brilliant son of Invincible Spirit has three lots at Inglis Easter 2022, including a filly and a colt offered by Arrowfield. 

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