Shamardal shores up second crop

Darley shuttler Shamardal sired G1 VRC Oaks filly Faint Perfume first-up in Australian and Saturday’s Hawkesbury winner Offshore Sham looks a leading classic candidate out of his second crop.

Offshore Sham (2f Shamardal – Staten Island by More Than Ready) was a second-up winner of the Reavill Farm – Inglis Handicap after finishing fifth on debut in a Listed race at Randwick last month.

Winning jockey Glyn Schofield believes there’s plenty of upside to the filly.  “She knuckled down to the task and won well,” he told trainer Gary Portelli.  “She has a strong turn of foot but is still a bit green.”

Portelli also has a high opinion of the winner and indicated she will be tipped out immediately and brought back in time for the spring classics.

Offshore Sham is from a half-sister to the Listed winners Kirvinsky (Stravinsky) and Kalamata (Desert Prince).  The latter is the dam of recent G3 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Stirling Grove (Mossman).

Offshore Sham cost $32,500 out of the Monarch Stud draft at the 2009 Inglis Classic yearling sale and she’s already paid that back with interest.  Saturday’s win in the Inglis series race netted connections $112,000 which included prizemoney of $42,000, an Inglis bonus of $50,000 plus a BOBS bonus of $20,000.

The six-figure result comes a week after Shamardal filly Happy Hippy won the $100,000 Listed James H B Carr Stakes at Randwick on Sydney Cup day.  His strike-rate is bubbling along at 60% and he will return to Darley’s NSW base at an increased service fee $66,000 (inc gst) this year.