Shamus Award

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  • Sire: Snitzel
  • Dam: Sunset Express
  • Sire of Dam: Success Express

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.
He sits comfortably in the Top 5 of the Australian Sires Premiershipand clearly the youngest of this leading group – with almost $14m in progeny earnings this season to date.
A Champion Australian Sire in waiting…



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.

He sits comfortably in the Top 5 of the Australian Sires Premiership – and clearly the youngest of this leading group – with almost $14m in progeny earnings this season to date. Add to this, he’s also the #1 active, Australian based Sire on the AEI index with 3 or more crops.

Headlining his last twelve months was the emergence of superstar, INCENTIVISE, Timeform’s Highest rated horse in Australia. A freakish talent who swept through last spring winning the Makybe Diva (Gr1) 1600m, Turnbull Stakes (Gr1) & Caulfield Cup (Gr1) by yet another big margin.
He is again at the top of most markets for the upcoming spring’s ‘Big Three’; Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate & Melburne Cup.

Notwithstanding, the emergence of the outstanding DUAIS was yet another highlight. The 4yo, with a sharp turn of foot, was dominant winning the Australian Cup (Gr1) & Tancred Stakes (Gr1) to add to her brilliant QLD Oaks (Gr1) win.

With multiple Group winning sprinter SWAT’S THAT, more Group 1 mile victories by MR QUICKIE and blistering performances by Group One winning Oaks fillies EL PATRONESS & MEDIA AWARD, it’s fair to say it’s been quite an 18 months for Shamus Award!

His ability to upgrade his mares is well documented and the versatility at being able to produce sprinters of the highest class through to Group One performers at a mile and beyond is a rare and unique ability for any sire.

With books of 150, 190 & 200+ over the last three years, expect to see a new charge for the mantle of Champion Australian sire…

(in Australia)

At 2 : 2d VRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2 (1400m to Twilight Royale and beating Great Esteem), 3d VRC Maribyrnong P., Gr.3 (1000m to Direct Charge and Crack a Roadie), MRC Chairman's S., L (1100m to Metastasio and Kona Breeze), MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S. (R), L (1000m to Crack a Roadie and Diva Dee)
At 3 : MVRC WS Cox P., Gr.1 (2050m beating Happy Trails and Fiorente), VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1 (1600m beating Criterion and Thunder Fantasy), 2d MVRC Bill Stutt S., Gr.2 (1600m to Divine Calling and beating Cluster), Mitchell McKenzie S., L (1200m to Cauthen and beating Long John), 3d MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1 (1600m to Long John and Divine Calling), CF Orr S., Gr.1 (1400m to Moment of Change and Eurozone)

Champion 3YO Colt in Australia in 2013-14.
World Thoroughbred Ranking: 118 (in 2013), 116 (in 2014).

"Shamus Award’s stellar 12 months is highlighted by his #1 standing on the AEI (Average Earnings Index) for the 21/22’ season* . His AEI rating of 3.1 has him above the likes of I AM INVINCIBLE, WRITTEN TYCOON, SNITZEL, PIERRO, TORONADO & ZOUSTAR in the Top 20 *Australian Based Sires with 3 crops or more"

Anthony Mithen


SHAMUS AWARD - Cox Plate Gr1

INCENTIVISE - Caulf. Cup Gr1

DUAIS - Australian Cup Gr1

MR QUICKIE - Toorak Gr1






B. 2002
GW 7 wins
f:1624 r:1349 w:1053 SW:123
Redoute's Choice
B. 1996
GW 5 wins
f:1885 r:1542 w:1199 SW:179
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2414 r:2083 w:1631 SW:347
DanzigNorthern Dancer2
Pas de Nom7
RazyanaHis Majesty4
Spring Adieu2
Shantha's Choice
B. 1992
Wnr 1 win
f:13 r:10 w:10 SW:5
Canny LadBletchingly7
Jesmond Lass14
Dancing ShowNijinsky8
Show Lady8
Snippets' Lass
B. 1993
SW 7 wins
f:6 r:6 w:6 SW:3
B. 1984
GW 9 wins
f:828 r:739 w:602 SW:57
LunchtimeSilly Season1
Great Occasion7
Easy DateGrand Chaudiere19
Snow Finch
B. 1984
SW 2 wins
f:14 r:13 w:10 SW:2
Storm BirdNorthern Dancer2
South Ocean4
A RealgirlIn Reality21
Secret Verdict2
Br. 1999
Wnr 5 wins
f:10 r:8 w:8 SW:1
Success Express
B. 1985
GW 4 wins
f:708 r:629 w:460 SW:32
Hold Your Peace
B. 1969
GW 11 wins
f:515 r:449 w:371 SW:44
Speak JohnPrince John14
Nuit de Folies1
Blue MoonEight Thirty11
Blue Grail12
Au Printemps
B. 1979
SW 7 wins
f:16 r:15 w:10 SW:4
Dancing ChampNijinsky8
Mrs. Peterkin4
LorgnetteHigh Hat2
Mlle. Lorette17
Finito Fling
Ch. 1992
Wnr 2 wins
f:6 r:5 w:4 SW:1
Luskin Star
Ch. 1974
GW 13 wins
f:876 r:750 w:512 SW:31
Kaoru StarStar Kingdom1
Modern Touch2
From the Wood
Ch. 1985
GW 3 wins
f:7 r:7 w:7
Tap on WoodSallust2
Cat O'Mountaine14


1st Dam

SUNSET EXPRESS, by Success Express. 5 wins to 1400m, STC PJ's First Floor Bars & Restaurants H., 3d STC Red Ransom at Vinery Stud H. Half-sister to CATACAOS - GHOZI (Sing.), Fimatino (dam of SHAQUERO). Dam of ten foals, eight to race, all winners, inc:-

SHAMUS AWARD (c. by Snitzel). Subject horse.

Tramonto (g. by Wandjina). 3 wins-1 at 2-to 1100m, A$177,375, to 2021-22, BRC Cascade P., 2d Gold Coast Guineas, Gr.3, GCTC Goldmarket H., L, BRC Gallopers Sports Club 2YO H., Raceatyourplace 2YO P., GCTC Birkbecks Jewellers H., 3d BRC Queensland Day P., L, Hoppy's Car Wash H.

Double Dee (f. by Dubleo). 5 wins from 1000m to 1600m, A$153,585, MRC Browns Sawdust & Shavings H., 2d MVRC Pantry Packer H., SAJC Flight Centre H., MRC (Mornington) The Cove Hotel H., 3d VRC New Year H., MVRC H., Ascend Sales H., MRC Superior Food Services H., MRC (Mornington) Gripple Hang-Fast H. Producer.

Marple Miss (f. by Not a Single Doubt). 4 wins-1 at 2-to 1500m, A$215,835, ATC TAB Place Multi H., Hyland Race Colours H., 2d Wyong RC Newcastle Provincial Championships Qualifier, 3d ATC St Johns Park Bowling Club H. Producer.

Sunset Coast (f. by Dubleo). 2 wins at 1100m, 1250m, STC Rydges Parramatta H., 2d AJC Cherrybrook H., STC Hyland Race Colours H., Melbourne Cup at Rosehill Gardens H., 3d AJC Paddington H. Dam of-

The Promise. 3 wins at 1500m, 1600m, A$130,865, ATC Bowermans Office Furniture H., 3d ATC City Tattersalls Club H., Vale Professor Hutchins H., Rosehill Bowling Club H., ICL Proturf H.

Eagle Hawk Star. Winner at 2 in 2020-21, 2d SAJC Mark Naley Tribute H.

Magic in the Mix (g. by Magic Albert). 4 wins to 1400m, 3d ATC Merrylands RSL Club H.

Brabinger (c. by Snitzel). 2 wins at 1200m in Aust.

Ragnor (g. by Snitzel). Winner at 1200m in Aust.


2nd Dam

FINITO FLING, by Luskin Star. 2 wins at 900m, 1250m, STC Rhodes H., 2d AJC Julia Ross Personnel 2YO H., STC Sans Souci 2YO H., 3d STC Chester 2YO H. Dam of 6 named foals, 5 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

CATACAOS - GHOZI (Sing.) (Catbird). 7 wins to 1400m, A$56,000, S$845,005, Singapore TC Stewards' Cup, L, Kranji Sprint, L, Open H., AJC Stroud Park H., Singapore TC Kranji C S., Class 3 H., 2d Singapore TC Committee's Prize, L, Kranji A S.-twice, Open H.-twice, Happiness S., 3d Singapore TC Kranji Mile, L, Patron's Bowl, L, Lion City Cup, L, Jumbo Jet Trophy, L, Kranji A S., 4th Singapore TC Krisflyer International Sprint, Gr.1, Garden City Trophy, L.

Fimatino. 2 wins-1 at 2-at 900m, 1000m in Aust. Dam of-

SHAQUERO (Shalaa). 3 wins at 2, A$1,450,325, in 2020-21, ATC Pago Pago S., Gr.3, Breeders' P., Gr.3, GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic, RL, 2d GCTC Gold Nugget H.


3rd Dam

FROM THE WOOD, by Tap on Wood. 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m to 1600m, Phoenix Park Concorde S., Gr.3, AJC Kia-Ora H., Leopardstown Smurfit Italia 2YO Fillies S., 3d Leopardstown Killavullan S., Gr.3. Dam of 7 named foals, all winners, inc:-

Perfect Sport. 9 wins at 1000m, 1200m, HK$3,169,415, HKJC Pak Tin H., On Ting H., Mai Po H., Sim Sha Tsui H.

Finito Fling. 2 wins. See above.

Lukita. Winner at 900m in Aust. Dam of-

Magita. 4 wins to 1250m, A$133,545, ATC Canterbury Park H., IEU Respect Teachers Cup. Dam of-

Brook Magic (Hinchinbrook). 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$325,185, ATC Events by ATC H., Theraces H.-twice, 3d ATC June S., L.


4th Dam

ALIGOTE, by Nebbiolo. 2 wins at 7f, 1¼m, Phoenix Park Pacemaker Video H. Half-sister to AMBIZIOSO. Dam of 9 named foals, 6 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

FROM THE WOOD (Tap on Wood). 3 wins. See above.

Kate's Daisy. Unraced. Dam of-

Phoney Exchange. 3 wins to 6½f, US$79,510, Charles Town Country Road S. Dam of-

MIDNIGHTLOWDOWN (Stormin' Lyon). 8 wins to 6f, US$226,221, Zia Park New Mexico Classic Cup Championship S. (c&g), L, Albuquerque Casey Darnell Pony Express S., L.

SHAMUS AWARD Champion 3YO Colt in Australia in 2013-14. 2 wins at 1600m, 2050m, A$2,473,500, MVRC WS Cox P., Gr.1, VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1, 2d VRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2, MVRC Bill Stutt S., Gr.2, Mitchell McKenzie S., L, 3d MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, CF Orr S., Gr.1, VRC Maribyrnong P., Gr.3, MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S., RL, MRC Chairman's S., L. He entered stud in Aust. in 2014. Sire of 275 progeny to race, 179 winners (65.0%), earnings of over $34 million, 19 stakes winners, 7 stakes placegetters, inc.

DUAIS (17f, Johannesburg, Fly So Free). 7 wins from 1300m to 2400m to 2021-22, A$2,737,765, VRC Australian Cup, Gr.1, ATC Tancred S., Gr.1, BRC Queensland Oaks, Gr.1, ATC Adrian Knox S., Gr.3, MRC Coongy Cup, Gr.3, ATC Robrick Lodge H., 2d ATC Australian Oaks, Gr.1, 3d Newcastle JC Cameron H., Gr.3.

INCENTIVISE (16g, Iglesia, Semipalatinsk). 9 wins from 1600m to 2500m to 2021-22, A$5,743,300, MRC Caulfield Cup, Gr.1, VRC Makybe Diva S., Gr.1, Turnbull S., Gr.1, Qld Tatt's RC Tattersall's Cup, Gr.3, BRC TAB Venue Mode H., Ipswich TC Channel Seven Stayers H., 2d VRC Melbourne Cup, Gr.1.

MR QUICKIE (15g, General Nediym, Volksraad). 11 wins from 1200m to 2400m to 2020-21, A$2,071,300, BRC Queensland Derby, Gr.1, MRC Toorak H., Gr.1, Victoria H., Gr.3, VRC Seppelt Wines H., MRC VOBIS Gold Heath S., MRC (Mornington) Mornington Guineas, MRC Clanbrooke Racing H., SAJC Wolf Blass Wines H., Pakenham RC Grand Vue Springlands H., 2d MRC Memsie S., Gr.1, Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Gr.2, MRC VOBIS Gold Mile, VOBIS Gold Heath, Tile Importer H., 3d VRC Makybe Diva S., Gr.1, MRC Futurity S., Gr.1, South Australian Derby, Gr.1, 4th BRC Stradbroke H., Gr.1.

EL PATRONESS (18f, O'Reilly, Masterclass). 2 wins at 1800m, 2400m in 2021-22, A$925,200, ATC Australian Oaks, Gr.1, VRC Super Impose S., L, 2d MRC Caulfield Classic, Gr.3, 3d MRC Autumn Classic, Gr.2, John Moule H., Ladbrokes Cash in P., Ladbrokes Switch H.

MEDIA AWARD (17f, More Than Ready, Shovhog). 3 wins from 1500m to 2000m in 2020-21, A$348,200, SAJC Australasian Oaks, Gr.1.

BRUTALITY (16g, General Nediym, Spinning World). 6 wins from 1300m to 1800m to 2021-22, A$863,095, ATC Villiers S., Gr.2, Sky Racing Active H., Keith Free OAM H., TAB H., John Dasilva H., Hyland Eofy Sale P., 2d ATC Liverpool City Cup, Gr.3, 3d ATC Precise Air H., Gosford RC Coast H., ATC Bankstown Sports Club H., Ranvet H., Newcastle JC Hunter Valley Premium Meats H., 4th ATC Ajax S., Gr.2, Festival S., Gr.3, Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Gr.3, ATC WJ McKell Cup, L.

ETANA (15f, Encosta de Lago, Alzao). 5 wins from 1300m to 2000m, A$388,550, BRC The Roses, Gr.2, GCTC Magic Millions H., 2d VRC Flemington Family Lawn H., 3d Gold Coast Bracelet, L, SCTC Number One Quality Homes H.

SOUL PATCH (16c, Flying Spur, Don't Say Halo). 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m to 2050m, A$605,850, Moonee Valley Vase, Gr.2, VRC Go & Let Go Trophy, 2d MRC Ladbrokes Back Yourself H., 3d VRC Victoria Derby, Gr.1, Australian Guineas, Gr.1, 4th VRC CS Hayes S., Gr.3.

SOVEREIGN AWARD (15f, Show a Heart, Flying Spur). 9 wins from 1200m to 1600m to 2020-21, A$580,475, VRC Matron S., Gr.3, MRC Ladies Day Vase, Gr.3, MVRC Tesio S., Gr.3, Roger Booth & Donna Philpot H., MLA Holdings H., BCNA Pink Lady H., 2d MRC Neds H.

SWATS THAT (17f, Bel Esprit, Danzig). 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m to 2020-21, A$1,278,200, MRC Thoroughbred Club S., Gr.3, MVRC Scarborough S., Gr.3, Bendigo JC 2YO Gold Rush, 2d VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, VRC Sprint Classic, Gr.1, Cap d'Antibes S., L, 3d VRC Lightning S., Gr.1, 4th VRC Lightning S., Gr.1.

ETHICAL SOLUTION (16f, Count Dubois, Del Sarto). 6 wins from 1200m to 1600m to 2020-21, A$222,430, TRC Bow Mistress S., Gr.3, SAJC Fleurieu Milk Company H., Chapel Hill H., Murray Bridge RC TAB H., 3d MVRC Tua's Half Century H., 4th SAJC Breeder's S., Gr.3.

TRUE DETECTIVE (16g, Geiger Counter, Oak Ridge). 5 wins-1 at 2-to 1300m to 2021-22, A$678,050, ATC Up & Coming H., Gr.3, Rosehill Bowling Club H., Exceedance at Vinery H., Iron Jack H., Pride of Dubai Yearlings 2YO H., 2d ATC Winter S., L, Luskin Star S., L, Fujitsu General H., Everest Carnival 2YO H., NSW Trainers Association H., Hawkesbury RC Gallipoli H., 3d ATC Civic S., L, Inglis 3YO Sprint, Grainshaker Vodka H., ACY Securities H., Agency Real Estate H., Mark Alati Bookmakers H., 4th Scone RC Inglis 3YO Guineas, L, ATC Winter Challenge H., L.

KISS SUM (18g, Mossman, Jade Robbery). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 1000m to 1600m to 2021-22, A$696,920, BRC Gunsynd Classic, Gr.3, ATC Four Pillars H., 2d BRC Fred Best Classic, Gr.3, ATC Polytrack Prov-Midway Final.

MIMI'S AWARD (17f, More Than Ready, Encosta de Lago). 3 wins from 1600m to 2500m in 2020-21, A$192,825, SAJC South Australia Fillies Classic, Gr.3, 2d MRC Magic Millions Grand H., Ladbrokes Mates Mode H., MVRC Renew Your Membership P.

SHAMINO (15g, El Moxie, Export Price). 9 wins-1 at 2-to 1100m to 2020-21, A$391,225, MRC Doveton S., L, SAJC Manihi Classic, L, TAB H., Community Co H., Murray Bridge RC Kathleen Mary H., 2d SAJC WH Wylie H., L, 3d SAJC Manihi Classic, L, MRC Ladbroke it H., 4th SAJC RN Irwin S., Gr.3-twice, MRC WJ Adam S., L.

ENCHANTED HEART (16f, Show a Heart, Redoute's Choice). 8 wins to 1400m to 2020-21, A$400,305, Gosford RC Takeover Target H., L, ATC Schweppes H., TAB Long May We Play H., Vinery Stud H., 2d ATC Iron Jack H., Newcastle JC Bass Floor H., 3d Illawarra TC Polytrack Provincial Qualifier.

IRISH SONGS (15g, Johar, Green Desert). 6 wins to 1400m to 2021-22, A$555,780, Canberra RC National Sprint H., L, Murrumbidgee TC Wagga Town Plate, ATC TAB Highway H., 2d VRC Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour H., 3d VRC Straight Six H., L, ATC Agency Real Estate H., TAB Highway H.-3 times, Canterbury League Club H., XXXX H., Spring on Sale 2YO P.

CLASSIC WEIWEI (15g, Generous, Sir Ivor). 4 wins from 1400m to 2400m to 2020-21, A$276,330, SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas, L, MRC Jodie Burgess H., 2d TRC Hobart Cup, Gr.3, SAJC Chad Hancock Foundation H., 3d SAJC Chairman's S., Gr.3, VRC York Racecourse Ebor Trophy H., Visit Living Legends H., SAJC Holdfast Insurance H.

FLYING AWARD (17g, Fusaichi Pegasus, Danehill). Winner at 2, A$116,525, VRC Anzac Day S., L, 2d MRC HDF McNeil S., Gr.3, Ladbrokes Back Yourself 2YO H.

Need New Friends (16f, More Than Ready, Clay Hero). 3 wins to 1300m to 2020-21, A$183,035, MRC Ladbrokes Switch H., 2d VRC Frances Tressady S., Gr.3, MRC Robert Hunter H., Allan Wicks H., MVRC Adapt Australia H.

Causeway Girl (15f, Giant's Causeway, Luskin Star). 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$329,800, VRC Furphy Ale Trophy, 2d VRC Red Roses S., Gr.3, Kensington S., L, MRC WJ Adam S., L, Mia Tiernan H., 3d MRC WJ Adams S., L, Glenn Wilkins H., Neds Same Race Multi H., MVRC Condare Court Tanderra H., 4th MRC Rubiton S., Gr.2, ATC PJ Bell S., Gr.3.

Epic Girl (15f, Show a Heart, Air de France). 8 wins to 1300m to 2020-21, A$511,225, BRC Silk Laser Clinics H., GCTC Sky Racing Pink Ribbon Cup, BRC Eureka Stud H., Harrisons Menswear P., Christmas Movies H., 2d Qld Tatt's RC GH Mumm H., IPG Marketing Solutions H., BRC IPD Simpro & ACRS H., GCTC Aquis Pierata P., Ipswich TC Somerset Funerals P., 3d BRC Nudgee S., L, Astrojump Inflatables H., Mullins Lawyers H., 4th BRC Just Now H., L.

Another Award (17f, Encosta de Lago, Umatilla). 6 wins-1 at 2-to 1300m to 2021-22, A$342,925, SAJC Viddora H., John Macca Macdonald 50th H., Junction H., Grand Synd New Yearlings H., 2d Murray Bridge RC Magic Millions 2YO P., SAJC Adelaide Galvanising H., Weslo Security H., Murray Bridge RC Wicks Estate Wines H., 3d SAJC Oaklands P., L, Furphy 2YO P., Murray Bridge RC Adelaide Galvanising H., 4th SAJC Robert Sangster S., Gr.1, Proud Miss S., Gr.3.

Malahide (15f, Charge Forward, Redoute's Choice). 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m to 2020-21, A$257,525, Qld Tatt's RC Aquis Farm Crystal Slipper 2YO P., BRC Girls Day Out Raceday, Ipswich TC Ray White Ipswich H., TAB P., GCTC Pink Ribbon Cup P., 2d BRC Daybreak Lover P., L, Never Forgotten P.

Golden Victory (15g, Domesday, Hurricane Sky). 4 wins at 1800m, 2d Macau Lisboa Challenge, L.

Ironedge (17g, Sebring, Dante's Fury). 3 wins at 1200m, 1400m to 2021-22, A$103,310, 2d VRC Anzac Day S., L, MRC Tile Importer H.

Ethical Dilemma (15g, Count Dubois, Del Sarto). 8 wins to 1400m to 2021-22, A$165,852, TTC Ladbrokes Live Betting H., Cub H., Devonport RC Carlton Draught H., 2d TTC Shane Yates Memorial H., Buckby Motors H., Ladies Day H., Cressy Crickey Club H., 3d Devonport RC White Wardrobe H.

Cordilla (16f, Fastnet Rock, Made of Gold). 5 wins to 1450m to 2020-21, A$234,335, VRC Rivette Series Final, MRC Catanach's Jewellers H., 2d MRC Ive Print H., 3d MRC Ladbrokes Switch H.

It's Me (16f, Celtic Swing, Nassipour). 4 wins to 1200m in 2020-21, A$823,900, ATC The Kosciuszko, TAB Highway H.-twice.

Umgawa (18g, Undoubtedly, Central Park). 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1150m to 1600m to 2021-22, A$360,000, VRC VOBIS Gold Reef, MRC Ladbrokes Same Race Multi H., 2d MRC VOBIS Gold Ingot, VRC Furphy Refreshing Ale H., Lexus Holiday P., 4th MRC Manfred S., Gr.3, SAJC Adelaide Guineas, L.

His sire sons include Soul Patch, etc.