SHAMUS AWARD – The Rise & Rise of a Superstar!

17th August, 2022

It’s about this time each year that stud masters start channelling their inner advertising guru or employ a slick marketing team to nail the hook at attract the right or as many mares to their stallions.

There will be tenuous links to racetrack performances for young colts who have come and gone like comets before our eyes to the breeding barn with it all yet to do, or global giants foisting another performer into the Australian game with all it yet to prove.

But there can be no better award for a stallion entering the busy new breeding season than a SHAMUS AWARD.
That is – the best way to promote your stallion is to do what SHAMUS AWARD has done. Produce a multitude of Group performers and countless winners on the racetrack -where it counts- week in, week out, male, female, sprinters, stayers.

With SHAMUS AWARD you don’t need the hard-sell spruik, ok we will mention he’s a champion son of a champion stallion in Snitzel, a Group 1 winner of a Cox Plate and an Australian Guineas but you already knew that.
Where it counts now, from the stallion barn to racetrack delivery, SHAMUS AWARD is no doubt a sire with a bullet, a champion in waiting even.

The Rise & Rise of Shamus Award has been nothing short of phenomenal these past 18 months with Four new Group One Winners and an impressive 400% increase in yearling average since 2020.

If you want more – He sits in the Top 5 of the Australian Sires Premiership – clearly the youngest within this leading group – with over $14.3m in progeny earnings this season to date. Add to this, Shamus Award is also the #1 active, Australian based Sire on the AEI index with three or more crops.

Impressively, Shamus Award has risen every year in the stallion ranks particularly over the last couple of seasons:
2019/20: #34
2020/21: #13
2021/22: #5 (current)

With this current season yearlings averaging $175,000 through the sales rings, it’s noted that they were conceived off just a then $10,000 fee.
“Not many stallions can boast that level of ROI, (Return On Investment),” said Belmont Bloodstock’s respected and experienced agent Damon Gabbedy.

And how did that happen?

DUAIS (dominant winner of the WFA Group 1 double of the Australian Cup & Tancred Stakes), INCENTIVISE (the freakish winner of the Makybe Diva-Turnbull-Caulfield Cup last spring drawing comparisons to Might And Power) & EL PATRONESS (an effortless winner of the G1 ATC Oaks). Add the likes of G1 winner MEDIA AWARD and G1 Toorak winner MR QUICKIE you’re starting to get the picture.

Surely Gr3 winner & multiple G1 placed sprinter SWATS THAT, recently purchased in a seven-figure trade to continue racing with Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace, and the exciting, Golden Eagle bound KISS SUM, are the most likely to improve that SHAMUS AWARD Group 1 record into the next season.

“He is what is commonly referred to as an ‘upgrader’. Shamus’ is proving to have an elite ability at upgrading the quality of his mares which is perhaps the truest indicator of stallion power and influence.” Says Rosemont’s Ryan McEvoy.

“He is now comfortably in the top echelon of influential stallions in the Southern Hemisphere.
What he has been able to do and achieve off the mares he has served in the past have us so excited for the future as he moves into the A-grade category,” said McEvoy.

From co-owner Sean Buckley investing heavily in mares to visit SHAMUS starting off in the Hunter Valley, the Rosemont team are now releasing strictly numbered nominations to ensure a full book deserving of the quality that the fee suggests.

Heading a stinging team of mares visiting SHAMUS this spring, the captain would certainly be the mighty JAMEKA, the Caulfield Cup winner and a three-time Caulfield Cup winner, bought out for $2.6m and her first foal by IMPENDING (Sir Bailey) already a winner.
And what would the resultant foal of SHAMUS and the mother of the world champion sprinter NATURE STRIP (Strikeline) be worth? She is due to foal down a Shamus Award this spring and has a return date booked.

Superstar AZKADELLIA will visit SHAMUS AWARD again along with the likes of PARLOPHONE, a slick I AM INVINCIBLE stakes winner, VIVACIOUS SPIRIT, a group winner sprinter and already producing a Group 1 winner in COSTA VIVA.
INCA LAGOON is the mother of champion Hong Kong sprinter IVICTORY, PINK SIRIS will leave a full relation to Group 2 winner ETANA and the recently top priced Western Australian race mare ever sold – WATCH ME DANCE, will join the SHAMUS harem.

Which is to say, this starting list, the mares going to SHAMUS AWARD this season, sit well in racing royalty and are ready to take the stallion to the next level.
Champion Stallion level.

Give yourself an award, a Shamus Award.