SMILING SHARD LEAVES RUNAWAY SHEPPARTON WINNER
Former Kentuckiana Lodge stand-out Smiling Shard left an easy Shepparton, Victoria, maiden winner on Friday, September 22, 2019.
He won as he liked by 12 metres in a 2:01.1 rate, and was allowed to knock off at the finish over the leaders last 400m in 31s in the Equine After Care Mobile Pace.
Trained and driven by Philip Maguire, Chard was always travelling well three back on the outer and rounded up the opposition with a sweeping run wide at the 400m.
Now five, Chard turned his form around at his fifth start, after failing to feature in four starts since late July.
He’s from a three-win NZ-bred mare, Catch The Patch (Frugal Gourmet-Oneness, by New York Motoring-Sweet Alli, by Noodlum), who has left two other winners Don Quozo (four) and Remi (one) from six of racing age.
Third dam Sweet Alli was a smart NZ filly and gained notoriety by leaving Soky’s Sweetheart, the one-win dam of 1997 NZ 2YO Pacer of the Year Sweet Talking Man (1:57.2, 12 wins & $23,409), big Aust. winner Wartime Sweetheart (1:54.5, 22 wins & $A284,936), Stylish Sweetheart (1:48.3, 12 wins & $157,409) and Bettor Buy It (1:57.8, five wins).
Stylish Sweetheart, also by Frugal Gourmet, also bred on leaving the former smart Geoff Small-trained 2011 Group One Taylor 4YO Mile winner Gomeo Romeo (1:53.2, 13 wins & $340,193), along with Sterlish (1:58.9, four wins), Presidential Sweet (TT, 1:57.2) and Style By The Mile (1:58.9).
The latter, a Presidential Ball sister to Gomeo Romeo, won only once but picked up five placings in 17 starts and left a former Kentuckiana Lodge winner in Macintosh (1:52.2, US).
From promising beginnings with Cran Dalgety, with a fastest winning mile rate of 1:58 (2000m) at Timaru here, Macintosh did a great job in West Australia and has been even better in North America.
Macintosh, now 10, has amassed $US417,634 in career earnings from 26 career wins.
He won two from only 10 NZ starts (having his first win at Forbury in November 2012 taken off him due to a technicality), won 11 in Australia, and another 13 in North America.
Macintosh, now 10, is having another good money year in New York for the Anita Vallee stable, having added $49,495 to his bankroll in 2019.
He’s won three and had eight placings in 24 starts for the year, with his fastest win of the year in 1:53.1 (fifth) on the half-mile track at Yonkers.
Macintosh’s dam, Style By The Mile, has also left another useful Australian winner in Heres A Real Go (1:57.9, five wins & $34,080), by Changeover.
Smiling Shard (Grimfromeartoear-Sly Shard), a diminutive but willing pacer, was a race-winning millionaire for the Cran Dalgety stable, won 17 of 50 starts.
Affectionately stable-namd “grin”, he was an age group star, being the 2009 NZ 2YO Pacer of the Year after winning a Harness Jewels 2YO Emerald in 1:53.7, the Australasian Breeder Crown 2YO Final and Garrard’s NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final.
At three, he won the $250,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Pace at Auckland, and was beaten a neck by Devil Dodger in the big 3YO Aust. Breeders Crown Final.
As an older horse won two Kaikoura Cups, two Ashburton Cups, and ran notable placings in two of Australasia’s signature races.
He was a close second to Stunin Cullen, with Im Themightquinn third, in the 2011 Group One A G Hunter Cup (3280m), and was a promoted third to Im Themightyquinn and Blacks A Fake in the 2011 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Alexandra Park, following the disqualification of Smoken Up.
From limited opportunities in Australia, Smiling Shard has left nine individual winners of $187,333, including the capable Victorian, Smart Little Shard (1:57.4, 10 wins & $71,477), twice a Group Three runner-up last season in a Caduceus 3YO Cup at Cranbourne to War Dan, and also with his second to Maraeti in the Tasmanian Derby.
Another useful New South Wales winner for him has been Smiling Sam (2:00.5, six wins & $35,025).
He has left four NZ winners of $50,333, including Rebel With A Grin (1:58.4, three wins), who was recently exported to Australia.
Smiling Shard, now 13, is based these days at Medowie Lodge (NSW), Australia, as part of the Alabar Farms stallion team.