Shadyshark Hanover, the fastest three-year-old in North America last year and a member of the dominant Cam Fella sireline, has been purchased for stud duties in Australia and will stand his first downunder season at the Morley Park stud, Shepparton, of Steve and Ann O’Donoghue.
Shadyshark Hanover records a life best of 1:47.4 winning his division of the Holmes. (Lisa Photo)
Bought by prominent Western Districts breeder and trainer Ian Slater, the young stallion has entered quarantine in Kentucky and will arrive at his Goulburn Valley base in early September.
Shadyshark Hanover has just completed his first season at the stud at the prestige Victory Hill Farm in Indiana, covering a full book of 140 mares with another 30 on the waiting list.
His service fee for his introductory season will be $2,750 including GST.
Shadyshark Hanover took his record of 1:47.8 winning a division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes at The Meadowlands, in which he defeated Roll With Joe after coming from last, establishing a new stakes record in the process.
He also finished second in the Battle of Brandywine Consolation and North America Cup elimination and third in the New Jersey Classic and Somebeachsomewhere Stakes.
As a two-year-old he won in 1:50.4 at Woodbine in a heat of the Governor’s Cup and finished second (beaten a head) to Big Jim in the $709,000 final in 1:49.2. His other successes in his initial campaign included the $102,000 Nassagaweya Stakes, the $96,000 Metro Pace Consolation and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.
In the $600,000 Breeders Crown final at Pocono Downs, Shadyshark Hanover settled down next to last before mounting a probing three-wide run, going down by three-quarters of a length to Big Jim in 1:50.4.
From 12 starts at two Shadyshark Hanover won four and was five times placed for $518,826 in stakes.
Champion US horseman Erv Miller, who trained him throughout his career, said: “Shadyshark Hanover was a very fast horse that would have made a lot more money if he hadn’t suffered a minor injury during his three-year-old year. I will be breeding some of my own mares to him and I’ll be looking to buy his yearlings.”
A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2008, Shadyshark Hanover is the fastest three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark a leading sire with 46 on the 1:50 list including Bettors Delight, the premier sire in Australia and New Zealand this season.
Shady Past, the dam of Shadyshark Hanover, has been one of the gems of the American stud book. She is the dam of seven individual winners, with seven in 1:55, two in 1:50 and five $100,000 earners including Sharky Osborne p, 1:49.4 ($867,681), a full brother to Shadyshark Hanover.
By the great No Nukes, Shady Past is from the world champion racemare Forbidden Past, one of the finest daughters of a champion sire and broodmare sire in Albatross. Forbidden Past, who won 19 races and $276,185, retired as the second fastest female pacer of all-time with a time trial record of 1:51.4 and at the stud left 12 winners with two in 1:55 and nine in 2:00.