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Shamexpress To Stand At Windsor Park
Brilliant Australia sprinter Shamexpress (O'Reilly-Volkrose, by Volksraad), the fastest son of champion sire O'Reilly, has been secured for a syndicate headed by Windsor Park Stud and will commence stud duties at the leading New Zealand nursery this spring. Shamexpress won 3 of his 19 career starts, highlighted by the 2013 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, for over $1 million in prize money. The time-honoured Newmarket Handicap has been won by some of Australia's greatest sprinters including Black Caviar, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Exceed And Excel, Schillaci, Special and Placid Ark. Shamexpress was also Gr1-placed on three occasions, in the Lightning Stakes behind Snitzerland, the VRC Sprint Classic behind Buffering, and in the Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Nechita. Windsor Park Stud co-owners Nelson and Rodney Schick inspected Shamexpress in Melbourne last week and were very taken with him. "After viewing Shamexpress I could not be more excited about him. He's a beast of a stallion, with the physique and strong genetic profile necessary to be a success. As with his champion sire O'Reilly, Shamexpress was a Gr1 winner over 1200m as a 3YO against older horses, a fact that also appealed to us a lot," said Rodney Schick. His grand-dam Rose World, by champion racehorse and sire Grosvenor, is a granddaughter of Irish Oaks winner Celina and a member of the renowned No.9 stallion producing family of Commands, Kaapstad, Nasrullah, Royal Charger, Tudor Minstrel and Fair Trial. Shamexpress will stand at a fee of NZ$16,000 plus GST.