Klawervlei bred superstar smashes course record in Dubai
Shea Shea, a son of the late National Emblem, scored a scintillating victory in Dubai on Saturday. Not only did Shea Shea win with contemptuous ease, he also smashed the Meydan course record for 1000m – setting a new mark of 57 seconds.
The gelding skated home in the Listed Meydan Sprint, worth $175,000 – and defeated a world class field in the process.
Runner up Sole Power is a world-class sprinter, who is a former G1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner, while the fifth place finisher in the Listed contest, Spirit Quartz, was second in the Nunthorpe in 2012.
The Klawervlei bred Shea Shea is the latest horse to highlight the quality of racehorse bred in the Cape – where the likes of this season’s G1 winners Capetown Noir, Martial Eagle, Variety Club and Wagner were all bred.
Another Dubai star bred in the Cape is the unbeaten sensation Soft Falling Rain, a National Assembly colt bred by Highlands Farm.
It is interesting to see the influence of the now pensioned sire National Assembly – sire of Soft Falling Rain and grandsire of Shea Shea – which is a remarkable record for a stallion who himself never raced.
Shea Shea is also a true triumph for local breeding as his sire, National Emblem, is a locally bred stallion.
His dam, Yankee Clipper, was a stakes winner of five, and is also dam of Starspangledemblem – an own brother to Shea Shea who recently broke his maiden in easy fashion last week.
It is worth noting that Queen’s Favourite, second dam of Shea Shea, is the dam of one G1 Computaform Sprint winner, Fov’s Favourite, and the granddam of another (Shea Shea)!
Saturday’s Meydan Sprint winner’s damsire, Jallad, has also been in the limelight this season as the broodmare sire of 2013 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle.
Now a nine time winner of over $300,000, Shea Shea will be aimed next at the $1 000 000 Al Quoz Sprint, which will be run on Dubai World Cup (March 30th).
The Al Quoz Sprint was previously won on two occasions by another South African sprinter superstar, J J The Jet Plane.
Hopefully, Shea Shea can build on J J’s legacy!