The Shamardal phenomenon is sweeping the world and Captain Sonador is perfectly placed to enhance the sireline at Raheen Stud.
Shamardal won’t return to Australia. Injuries prevented him from completing full books during the last two southern seasons and he will remain on the ground at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Captain Sonador blazed a trail for Shamardal who, at last count, has sired 30 stakes winners of 52 stakes races.
When he claimed the AJC Epsom Handicap at Randwick on October 2 last year, Captain Sonador became the first Shamardal to win a Group 1 against all ages.
Raheen Stud’s Basil Nolan jnr is confident Captain Sonador will also blaze a trail at stud. “He’s the highest rated Group 1 miler to retire in Queensland since Show A Heart,” Nolan stated. “They were both tough racehorses who excelled in the best company and we’re thrilled to stand a horse of that calibre.”
Show A Heart retired to Glenlogan Park at a $13,750 service fee and it wasn’t long before that increased to $33,000.
Captain Sonador will start his stud career at $11,000 (inc gst) and mares already booked to him include;
BEYONCE STAR (Orientate)
5 wins, Listed BRC Just Now Quality, 2nd Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic. In foal to Show A Heart.
CHOSEN DOVE (Choisir)
Half-sister to Ofcourseican (Listed ATC Wenona Girl Hcp) and 2010-11 Champion Cape 2YO Gimmethegreenlight (Listed Somerset Stakes & G1 placed Premier’s Champion Stakes).
CONQUERED (Star Watch)
Dam of stakes winners War Of The Worlds (G3 HKJC Premier Bowl & Listed AJC Brian Crowley Stakes) and Conquered Dream (Listed Turffontein Derby Trial).
DAYS OF INNOCENCE (Lion Hunter)
Unraced sister to G1 winner Lovely Jubly (QTC T J Smith Classic & Qld Sires’ Produce Stakes).
ENGLISH SUMMER (Dodge)
Dam of Rocket To Glory (QTIS 600 feature winner in Brisbane, Townsville & Rockhampton). 2YO prizemoney of $403,000 in 2010-11.
HELL FOR LEATHER (Sanction)
Dam of Adebisi (4 wins, Listed BRC Gold Edition Plate) & The Gingermeister (2 wins).
HEPBURN ROSE (Sir Tristram)
Dam of Noisy Ocean. Eagle Farm winner and runner-up in Listed Centenary Classic at Eagle Farm. 2YO prizemoney of $266,000 in 2010-11.
HURL (Redoute’s Choice)
Three city wins and stakes placed in Listed QTC Juanmo Hcp. Dam a Flemington stakes winner. Second dam a half-sister to G1 VATC Oakleigh Plate winner With Me.
LA GOULUE (Danehill Dancer)
4 wins in Melbourne, 3rd Listed SAJC Wylie Hcp. Half-sister to Gimmethegreenlight (Listed Somerset Stakes & G1 placed Premier’s Champion Stakes).
MRS. BLIGH (Celestial Bounty)
Dam of Hard To Catch (13 wins & G3 BTC Sprint) and Little Stranger (8 wins & 2nd Listed BRC Tails Stakes).
Dam of Peter Moody trained 3YO Club Command. Brilliant four length winner on debut being set for the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
YAMARJIE (Yamanin Vital)
NZ bred maiden mare. 5 wins and stakes placed at Eagle Farm last season.