Shamus Award off the mark at Wagga

Cox Plate hero Shamus Award was represented by his first winner on Easter Monday.

Mookareena tracked the leader on debut and had enough in reserve to score by a half-neck in the in the Patrick Scorse Hcp (1000m) at Wagga.  She is the first foal of Doomben winner Puerto Vallarta (Flying Spur) and cost $40,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

The Barb Joseph-trained 2yo filly is one of five starters to date for Shamus Award who is based at Widden Stud.  He joins fellow Snitzel freshman Sizzling (Newgate Farm) whose first-crop includes Canberra’s Lightning Ridge Stakes winner Sizzling Belle.

Shamus Award downed a field of seasoned Group 1 stars in the 2013 Cox Plate and then became the first horse to complete the Australian Guineas double at Flemington.

“He was a seriously good 2yo and then created history as a 3yo winning two of the most competitive Group 1 races on the calendar,” trainer Danny O’Brien said.  “With his speed and determination, he’s everything you look for in a young stallion.”

Widden stood Shamus Award for a $22,000 service fee last year.