First week of March started spectacularly for our Arrowfield-based stallion SHALAA with a new Group winner. Two-year-old SEVEN VEILS landed the G2 Reisling Stakes in impressive fashion at Randwick, Australia on March, 5 on her second start only. A few minutes later on the same Australian racecourse, two-year-old SHALATIN was finishing third in the G2 Unsw Todman Stakes on his second attempt at the highest level only. They joined the ranks of SHALAA’s Group performers, headed by G1 hero NO SPEAK ALEXANDER who landed the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, as well as a collection of 7 individual blacktypes in Australia, highlighted by SHAQUERO, dual G3 winner and scorer of the $2M The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
Group performances were also celebrated for Tally-Ho Stud based-GALILEO GOLD courtesy of three-year-old SISTER BRIDGET who finished third in the Listed Patton Stakes at Dundalk, Ireland on March, 4 on her first attempt at the Stakes level. She was bred by A. McLoughlin.
In 2021, GALILEO GOLD was the first freshman sire to produce a G1 winner in Europe, with also 6 blacktype performers to his tally from his first crop of runners.
In Italy earlier in the week, three-year-old SOPRAN PECHINO crossed the finish line first over the 2,100 meters of Varese racecourse on March, 2.
From his headquarters at Tally-Ho Stud, MEHMAS compiled a collection of new winners, including two double of international victories. On March, 2, four-year-old NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE proved successful in a 1,800m handicap race at Happy Valley, Hong-Kong while ANGEL OF HONOUR was honored over the 1,200 meters of Antalya, Turkey. On February, 28 at Wolverhampton, UK, Yasmeena Partnership-bred MILLION REASONS secured his third consecutive success while a few minutes later, CN Farm Ltd-bred THE THIN BLUE LINE was landing his third career-win.
Haras de Bouquetot-based OLYMPIC GLORY had also the pleasure of a double of winners in a day, with four-year-old LAURIE and three-year-old GOLD MEDAL storming both home on March, 4. In Australia, LAURIE was back to the winners’ enclosure at Rockahmpton while in the UK, Startford Place Stud-bred GOLD MEDAL secured his second career-victory at Lingfield.
TORONADO set off March with a winner per day, starting with OVER BOOST who boosted his racing record to break his maiden tag at Bendigo, Australia on March, 1. DREAMING TORONADO, IT’S TORONADO STORM and WINNAN formed a trio of winning musketeers on March, 2 with victories on both sides of the planet. Down-under, DREAMING TORONADO made the dream real when breaking his maiden tag at Launceston while IT’S TORONADO STORM was storming home at Sandown. In France, three-year-old WINNAN secured his second consecutive victory at Marseille Pont-de-Vivaux for breeders Haras du Logis Saint Germain and J. Para. The following day, Newsells Park Stud-bred SPINNING MIST received all the honours at Pornichet-La Baule, France when defeating a field of 13 rivals to secure his seventh career victory. In Singapore, RICVELO secured a 1,400 meters handicap race at Kranji on March, 5 while TORONADO's last winners of the week were crowned in Australia, with MERLIN’S CHARM winning at Moonee Valley over 1,200 meters on March, 4 and SIMPKIN breaking his maiden tag at Tamworth over 1,200 meters on March, 6.
Congratulations to all connections!
SHALAA's SEVEN VEILS on her way to G2 victory