Shelford learning Chinese

Shelford (Leith Innes) recording his only New Zealand win. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Shelford (Leith Innes) recording his only New Zealand win. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Cambridge sprinter Shelford’s racing days are over and he has a new home.

The Group-placed son of Redoute’s Choice has been sold to China as a stallion proposition after being retired following his unplaced run in the Gr. 3 Lindauer Stewards Stakes at Riccarton last November.

A $460,000 Karaka yearling, Shelford began his racing days in Sydney with John O’Shea, for whom he won twice and was several times placed, including a third in the Gr. 2 Todman Stakes and a seventh in the Gr. 1 Golden Slipper with both features won by the champion two-year-old Pierro.

Shelford joined the Cambridge stable of Tony Pike in 2014 and showed his talent immediately with a fourth first-up then a third behind In Style and Ruud Awakening in the Listed Counties Bowl.

He went on to win at Ellerslie in January last year then two starts later finished a game second to Durham Town in the Gr. 3 Darley Plate.