Sharkbite switches to Smeaton

Sharkbite has moved to Moorookyle Park at an opportune time for his new owners following a transfer from Eliza Park Stud.

The stakes winning son of Redoute’s Choice will stand in association with Moorookyle Park director Nioka Wozny at Smeaton.

Sharkbite and trainer Robbie Laing unearthed classy youngster Jaws Of Steel this season and he’s set for a career-defining spring campaign in Melbourne.  “He’s not a bad horse,” Laing said tongue-in-cheek after winning the $100,000 Mornington Sires Stakes (1500m) in April.  “He won that with authority.”

Jaws Of Steel travelled to Sydney for the G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) and would have been right in the finish but for bad luck.  “He flew into the race but clipped heels and nearly fell at the furlong,” Laing recalled.  “I reckon he would have run in the top four for sure.”

Laing sent him further north for the G1 J J Atkins Stakes (1600m) and he was travelling behind the leaders at Eagle Farm when a flying plate from one of the front-runners struck him in the face.  “He came back with a big black-eye and we’ve kept him up there to winter in the warmer weather,” Laing said.  “He’s a lovely, quiet horse but very game with a determined finish.

“He will be back for the spring carnival and we’re hoping he can train up for races like the (G1) Caulfield Guineas.”

Jaws Of Steel is a homebred for Pinecliff Racing’s Jonathon Munz and his dam It’s Sydney (Canny Lad) is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 sprinter Sports.

Munz had purchased Sharkbite for $900,000 at the Inglis Easter yearling sales and, after an unbeaten juvenile campaign, he was placed in the LR Vain Stakes, G3 Danehill Stakes and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude as a spring three year-old.

Staying in work, he trained on for two wins at Flemington and a Listed victory in the Lord Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield.

After a slow start at stud in the Hunter Valley, Sharkbite moved back home to Victoria and his stock are beginning to make inroads with 53 individual winners to date.  They include recent city winners Viaductress (Canterbury), Andrassy (Caulfield) and Sasenkile who has scored at Morphettville, Rosehill & Warwick Farm for Tony McEvoy.

Siorco is another with his hoof on the till.  He won the 2015 Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes and powered home from last when a first-up second last week.

Sharkbite is by champion sires of sires Redoute’s Choice and is a brother to G3 Up & Coming Stakes winner Scissor Kick.  They are members of the outstanding Hasili family that has produced a generation of champions for Juddmonte Farms.

Moorookyle Park will stand him for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee alongside Ustinov, Rockaroundtheclock, Cecconi and Widden Valley.