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Shalaa unveils third Australian stakeswinner

An all-the-way Reisling S. G2 victory by Golden Slipper aspirant Seven Veils headed a an exuberant day for the popular second season sire Shalaa...


Shalaa sent out a trio of 2YOs to consolidate his status as one of Australia’s most exciting young sires. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Shalaa unveils third Australian stakeswinner

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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