Tristarc Stakes success for Emirates Park homebred
Emirates Park’s bonny racemare Shumookh added another feature race success to her impressive CV when landing the much-coveted Group 2 MRC Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on the Caulfield Cup program in Melbourne.
Having her first outing racing left-handed, the progressive daughter of the stud’s three-time Group 1 winner Shamekha took control of the race from the outset and basically dictated play in the event thereafter. Booted to a clear advantage at the top of the Caulfield straight, Shumookh never appeared likely to be caught in the run to the line and went on to win by a clear-cut one and three-quarter lengths margin.
Discussing the race afterwards, winning jockey Tim Clark said: “It’s good to see her bounce back. She just got softened up a little over the mile at Randwick last time. It was only in the last little bit she got gobbled up.
“Back to 1400 metres [today], she was rock hard fit and really improved nicely underneath me from the 600-metre mark. I made sure they were really chasing around the home bend to get me. She got through the line strongly.
“Once she got a couple of cheap sectionals down the side, it was always going to be hard to run her down.”
Having only her ninth race start, Shumookh took her earnings to in excess of $500,000. Her race record now reads three wins, three seconds and one third, her most notable performances including a recent victory in the Group 2 Gold Pendant at Rosehill Gardens and a placing in the Group 1 Surround Stakes.
Shumookh is the sixth named foal of Shamekha, one of the great pillars in the history of Emirates Park. Winner of the Coolmore Stakes, All-Aged Stakes and T.J. Smith Stakes at Group 1 level, the daughter of former stud stalwart Secret Savings (USA) is now the dam of a multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter — with the hope that her daughter's finest win still waits ahead.
A division of the Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group