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Melb Cup Winner Shocking Retired To NZ Rich Hill
Gr1 Melbourne Cup-winning 5YO stallion Shocking (Street Cry-Maria Di Castiglia, by Danehill) has been retired to begin his breeding career this year at New Zealand's Rich Hill Stud at a fee of NZ$12,500+GST. In his final start, Shocking came from last into the straight to motor home down the centre of the track & score a 2-lengths victory in March's $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. Overall Shocking (a $45,000 yearling consigned by Ilala Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast & subsequently a $64,000 2YO consigned by Washpool Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale) retires with 7 wins (also including 2010's Gr2 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington, plus 2009's Gr1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington & Gr3 Lexus Stakes over 2500m at Flemington) & 8 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, plus 2009's Gr1 Queensland Derby over 2400m at Eagle Farm, Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield, Gr3 David Jones Coongy Cup over 2000m at Caulfield & Listed JRA Cup over 2040m at Moonee Valley) from 27 starts for $4,981,275 earnings. Rich Hill studmaster John Thompson enthused: "Shocking is a superb type with a unique race record & a global pedigree. We're confident he will be a highly successful commercial addition to the New Zealand breeding industry. His progeny will have also great appeal to our overseas buyers who come here to buy tough, sound horses who can perform at the elite level from 1600 to 3200 metres."