Noble Joey strikes for Shellscrape

Shellscrape sired his first winner on Saturday but his days as a commercial sire were numbered within weeks of his first foals arriving in the spring of 2012.

A Group 1 winner of the 2010 The Galaxy, he retired to Wattle Grove Stud at Berrima and created world-wide headlines when 30% of his first crop were born without tails or with stump-sized tails.

Four of them (with tails) have raced to date and speedy gelding Noble Joey struck first with a barrier-to-box victory at Nowra on Saturday.  He won the Prime 7 Maiden Hcp (1100m) by three lengths on debut for local trainer Robert Price.

Noble Joey (2g Shellscrape – Princess Fiorella by Chief Bearhart) is the most recent foal from a mare who retired a maiden after 15 starts in NSW.  It’s the family of NZ brother-and-sister Group 1 winners Vice Regal and Valencia.

Shellscrape (Dane Shadow) was put back into work by owner Geoff Grimish after two seasons at Wattle Grove but failed to fire a shot in Melbourne for trainer Nikki Bourke.  He was retired for a second time and Brett Cavanough bred two colts and two fillies by him at Jindera Park in Albury last year.