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Shellscrape Retired To Stud At Wattle Grove
Gr1-winning 4YO sprinter Shellscrape (Dane Shadow-Kisma, by Snippets) "has been retired from racing & is to become a foundation stallion for Wattle Grove Thoroughbreds at Berrima in the NSW Southern Highlands" reported The Sydney Morning Herald. He is the 1st son of Gr3-winning & triple Gr2-placed Kitchwin Hills stallion Dane Shadow (Danehill-Slight Chance, by Centaine) to stand at stud & will have an initial fee of $8,800. Shellscrape (a $40,000 weanling consigned by Kitchwin Hills at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale) retires with 6 wins (including 2010's Gr1 The Galaxy over 1100m at Randwick, plus 2009's Gr2 Inglis Insurance Roman Consul Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, Gr3 San Domenico Stakes over 1000m at Randwick & Listed Australia Post Bicentennial Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm) & 9 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington & Gr2 The Shorts over 1200m at Randwick, plus 2009's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington & Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes over 1200m at Randwick) from 25 starts for $730,500 earnings. Inglis Bloodstock consultant Ian Macpherson (who brokered the deal for Shellscrape to stand at Wattle Grove) commented: "Varda Green is the person controlling movements at Wattle Grove. She is of the opinion that Shellscrape represents the perfect opportunity to stand a stallion in the Southern Highlands to serve the area between the Hunter Valley & Victoria."There is a major stallion shortage in the highlands, with Darley closing their Cootamundra base & the Wagga stud Riverdene has also been shut down."