Shamardal Sires First Winner
Mark Smith - Monday, 27 October 2008
Darley Stud’s champion Shamardal (USA) was off the mark with his first runner on Monday when Patinack Farm’s Happy Hippy finished strongly to capture a 2yo open handicap over 1000 metres at Taree.
Ridden by Morgan Butler for trainer Jason Coyle, Happy Hippy (Shamardal (USA) x Springburn (Soviet Lad (USA)) defeated favourite Lucky Elmo ( Mull of Kintyre (USA) x Crafty Luck (Rory's Jester) by a head with Dublette ( Dubleo (USA) x Leyenda (Hurricane Sky) the same distance back in third.
Purchased as weanling for $32,000 by Serene Lodge from the Edinglassie consignment at the 2007 Inglis Winter Mixed sale, Happy Hippy is out of Springburn, a half-sister to Salinger Stakes (G1) winner Notoire and multiple Listed winner Well Known, out of the remarkable broodmare Lady Violet.
On October 13, Lady Violet foaled her seventeenth consecutive foal, a filly by Statue Of Liberty.
The Champion European three-year-old of his year, Shamardal (pictured) won six of 7 career starts, his only failure coming on the dirt in Dubai. He won all three of his starts at two including the Dewhurst Stakes (G1).
At three he captured the Juddmonte International (G1), Eclipse Stakes (G1), Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and St James's Palace S (G1),
A son of Giant’s Causeway, Shamardal (USA) is out of the stakes-placed Machiavellian mare Helsinki, a full-sister to the high-flying Street Cry (IRE).
After missing last season due to equine influenza, Shamardal (USA) returned for his third season at Darley this year, where his fee has been set at $44,000. His oldest northern hemisphere progeny are yearlings.