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21st European Winner For Freshman Shamardal
In the UK overnight, European champion 4-time Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & northern hemisphere freshman stallion Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) recorded his 21st northern 1st-crop winner when Godolphin’s 2YO colt Burj Nahar (Shamardal-Melikah, by Lammtarra) scored by 3.5-lengths on debut over 8.5 furlongs at Nottingham for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor. The colt’s dual Gr1-placed dam Melikah is a half-sister to this season’s 6-time Gr1-winning European superstar 3YO colt Sea The Stars, as well as former Coolmore shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo, plus fellow Gr1 winners Black Sam Bellamy & My Typhoon. Shamardal is currently Europe’s leading 1st-season sire by prize-money.