Shamexpress to Windsor Park

 

Group One-winning sprinter Shamexpress will begin his stallion career this

season at Windsor Park Stud.

A syndicate headed by the Cambridge farm has secured the rising

five-year-old, who was the Group One winner of more than $A1 million.

 

“After viewing Shamexpress I could not be more excited about him,” Rodney

Schick said. “He’s a beast of a stallion, with the physique and strong

genetic profile necessary to be a success.

 

“As with his champion sire O’Reilly, Shamexpress was a Group One winner over

1200m as a 3YO against older horses, a fact that also appealed a lot to us.

 

“We stood Australian Group One-winning sprinter Thorn Park, who was Timeform

rated 122 and sired Cox Plate, Derby and Guineas winners on his way to

becoming a champion sire.

 

“Like Thorn Park, Shamexpress had the talent to break 33 seconds for his

last 600m, but was rated even higher by Timeform at 124.

 

“We’re syndicating Shamexpress and the response from breeders has been

terrific, enabling us to secure him for the New Zealand breeding industry.

 

“He will be a popular addition to our stallion roster at a service fee of

$16,000 + GST.”

 

A juvenile debut winner at Flemington, Shamexpress trained on at three and

four and was also a multiple Group One placegetter at weight-for-age,

including runner-up finishes this season in the Lightning Stakes and Sprint

Classic and he was third in the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (Ascot Vale

Stakes) as a 3YO.

 

“From the time he first stepped on to the racetrack, Shamexpress was one of

the most naturally gifted gallopers I have ever trained,” Danny O’Brien

 

“He confirmed that when he won at Flemington on debut, breaking 33 seconds

for his last 600m and did so again when winning the Gr.1 Newmarket. He’s

absolutely one of the most impressive individuals you could wish to see.”

 

Shamexpress is one of only two Australian Group One 1200m winners among 75

stakes winners sired by O’Reilly and through his dam he is a grandson of

Windsor Park’s former eight-time champion sire Volksraad.