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Shamrocker Wins Gr1 Australian Derby

Monday, 11th April 2011

Waikato Stud stallion & former champion NZ sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a Gr1 triumph when daughter Shamrocker (O'Reilly-Bohemian Blues, by Blues Traveller) scored a 1.25-lengths victory over her 13 male rivals in the $1.5 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) for 3YOs at Royal Randwick in Sydney. Shamrocker (ridden by Glen Boss for trainer Danny O'Brien) defeated the colts Retrieve (Rahy-Hold To Ransom, by Red Ransom) & Anacheeva (Anabaa-Monroe Magic, by Zabeel). Shamrocker (a NZ$65,000 yearling consigned by Valachi Downs at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) now has 4 wins (also including March's Gr1 Australian Guineas over 1600m at Flemington & 2010's Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Flemington) & 3 placings (in last start's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas over 2000m on March 26, plus 2010's Gr1 Crown Oaks over 2500m at Flemington & Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600m at Flemington) from 12 starts for $1,851,888 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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