Brilliant debut victory by Dream daughter of Shamekha
The much-awaited debut of Shumookh went perfectly to plan when the supremely-bred Emirates Park home-bred proved to be an emphatic Sydney metropolitan winner on debut.
A five-time barrier trial winner during the course of 2017, Shumookh took control of a 3YO Maiden Plate (1250m) at Canterbury Park virtually from the off and proceeded to score by a clear-cut two-and-a-quarter lengths winning margin.
Trained on behalf of Emirates Park by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Shumookh is the sixth foal to race of His Excellency Nasser Lootah’s triple Group 1 winner Shamekha and the only one she has produced by the stud owned shuttle sire Dream Ahead (USA).
One of the outstanding racemares of her time, Shamekha won a total of eight races and $1.89 million prizemoney, including the TJ Smith Stakes, All Aged Stakes and Coolmore Classic at the elite level of domestic competition.
“If she turns out half as good [as Shamekha] we will be over the moon,” said stable representative Neil Paine after Shumookh debut win. “So far so good.”
Winning jockey Rachel King reported after the victory: “She was very professional today. She trialled without the blinkers, but when she got to the front in the trials she just had a little look at them. Today they kept her focused the whole way and it proved the winning move.”
King added: “She is a typical Gai and Adrian horse. She is very fit, so I knew she would be strong. She keeps surprising us every time we ask her the question. She keeps performing, so she is definitely genuine Saturday grade to move up to now. And hopefully onward and upward from there.”
Shamekha is now the dam of six foals to race for six individual winners. In addition to Shumookh, her progeny have also included the Sydney metropolitan winners De Shamekh and Shadad, the latter having also placed in a Group 2 Magic Night Stakes and Listed Gimcrack Stakes.
A division of the Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group