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Group One Son Of Shamardal For Victoria
Dr Kim McKellar and his wife Liz are delighted to announce Crackerjack King will be standing at Wyndholm Park Stud in 2016 for public use after standing by private arrangement in 2015. A strapping grey horse, Crackerjack King will be the only Group One winning son of Champion Stallion Shamardal available to Australasian breeders this season. The Irish-bred Crackerjack King (Shamardal-Claba di San Jore, by Barathea) won 7 of his 14 starts, highlighted by victories in the Gr1 Premio Presidente della Repubblica and the Gr2 Derby Italiano, where he defeated 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream. On that occasion he raced away to score by two lengths leaving the star filly four and a half lengths behind despite her weight advantage. The handsome grey also had a handful of starts for trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig in Australia with his best performance being a third in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in 2014. Unfortunately injury in the Gr1 Caulfied Stakes brought a premature end to his career. Importantly for the Australian market Crackerjack King is free of Danehill blood and with Mr Prospector, Sadler's Wells and Storm Cat no closer than his third generation the vast majority of the Australian broodmare population are suitable for this horse. Chris Blomeley of CB Bloodstock who brokered the deal said of the horse "He truly was an elite international ten furlong horse. He is a big strapping grey with plenty of quality and has a near unmatchable pedigree." Kim McKellar noted "We are hugely excited to be standing the horse, entire sons of Shamardal are rare and we know the blood works! We believe he will suit Victorian breeders tapping into the ever expanding Super VOBIS scheme." Crackerjack King will be available to view by appointment as of next week. Contact Kim on +61 418 508 212 or Chris on +61 449 091 529 for further enquiries or to make arrangements to see the horse. Crackerjack King, who is a half-brother to Gr1 winners Jakkalberry and Awelmarduk, will be standing at $6000 + GST on 45 day positive, free return terms.