Shamexpress has been secured for a syndicate headed by Windsor Park Stud and will commence stud duties at the renowned New Zealand nursery this spring.
A Group 1 winner of the VRC Newmarket Hcp (1200m), he follows champion sires Exceed And Excel and General Nediym as three year-olds to annex Australia’s premier sprint.
Shamexpress (4h O’Reilly – Volkrose by Volksraad) was successful on debut as a January juvenile breaking 33 seconds for his last 600m down the straight at Flemington. He trained on at three and four years to win the Newmarket and be Group 1 placed at headquarters in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Lightning Stakes and Sprint Classic.
“Shamexpress was one of the most naturally gifted gallopers I have ever trained,” Danny O’Brien declared. “He’s absolutely one of the most impressive individuals you could wish to see.”
Champion NZ stallion O’Reilly has sired 75 stakes winners – Shamexpress and Swick (VRC Patinack Farm Classic) are his only Australian Group 1 winners over 1200 metres.
He’s a grandson of Windsor Park’s former eight time champion sire Volksraad whose daughters are now proving so successful at stud.
“I could not be more excited,” Windsor Park’s Rodney Schick said after inspecting Shamexpress in Melbourne last week. “He’s a beast of a stallion, with the physique and strong genetic profile necessary to be a success.
“We’re syndicating Shamexpress and the response from breeders has been terrific, enabling us to secure him for the NZ breeding industry.”
Shamexpress will stand for an introductory fee of $16,000 (plus gst).
Windsor Park newcomer wins the Group 1 Newmarket Hcp at Flemington