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Fastest 3yo pacer in USA of 2011 set to go

05:06 AM 14 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Shadyshark Hanover
Shadyshark Hanover - Caused an upset in $102,750 Oliver Wendell Holmes Pace
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'Down Under' harness racing breeders are in for a bit of a treat this year thanks to Morley Park - and Goodtime Lodges Ian & Judy Slater. Morley Park is situated in Shepparton in Victoria Australia. The Slaters live in Elliminyt, near Colac, also Victoria.

It will also be the State where Shadyshark Hanover (1:47.4 - $US771,172), the fastest 3-year-old in North America last year will stand.

A member of the dominant Cam Fella sire-line, Shadyshark Hanover was purchased stud duties in Australia by the Slaters from part-owner, trainer, driver Erv Miller, who is based at Perrineville in New Jersey.

The 4-year-old son of Cams Card Shark and Shady Past (No Nukes) will stand his first ‘Down Under’ season at the Morley Park, in spite of the Slaters owning Goodtime Lodge, where they stand Artesian (1:49.4 - $US987,884) and Browning Blue Chip (1:50 - $US786,030).

“We sent him to Steven and Ann (O’Donoghue – Morley Park Stud) because we thought he would get more exposure there and be attractable to a higher population of mares,” Slater told Harnesslink.

“Furthermore Steve is great at what he does and I’m very excited about just how many mares the horse will attract in his first year,” he added.

He wouldn’t mention how much he paid for the talented pacer who recorded a personal best 1:47.8 when winning a division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Pace at the Meadowlands on August 6 last year (see video below).

“I bought him about three months ago and he’s had six weeks in quarantine. Yes it was a six figure sum, but I don’t want to go into that. All I know is he will leave some exciting off-spring. Semen will also be available in New Zealand,” Slater said.

Shadyshark Hanover has completed his first season at the stud at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana, covering a full book of 140 mares with another 30 to 40 having to be turned away.

Slater said he was 90 per cent certain his stallion would return to the United States for the northern hemisphere breeding season before returning to Australia this time next year.

“His service fee for his introductory season will be $2,750 including GST. I think for the fastest pacer in the USA – that’s a bargain,” Slater said.

He hoped he would serve 200 mares down under. O’Donoghue said he would love to see him do that many - but was quick to point out that in this era of breeding it was just too tricky to say exactly what would actually happen.

“You just can’t tell. There’s so much competition out there it is always a bit hard to gauge where people will go – but this fella (Shadyshark Hanover) is a big plus for us here at Morley Park.

“He is a speed sire who I’m sure will attract a lot of attention. I can’t really give you statistics until the season kicks off in October but I’m sure all the stallions on our property will tick over nicely.

“There’s quite a bit of quality there,” Said Slater who has owned Morley Park since 1982.

The O’Donoghues also own Life Sign (1:50.3 $US1.9m) Metropolitan (1:50.1 - $US1.3m). They stand at $2,000 and $1,750 respectively.

They also stand the Ross Simpson (NZ) owned trotting stallion Bacardi Lindy (1:42.4 - $207,546). His service fee is $1,500.

“I think we’ll be in for a good season. Life Sign is still a great old stallion and now we have some fast new blood which should further increase the speed of our horses ‘Down Under’. It’s exciting times but predicting now how the season will go is a bit foolish.

“In this day and age there are so many surprises in the breeding industry. I read your stallion figures in New Zealand recently and they completely blew me away.

“The stallions you expected to get a lot of mares didn’t and vice versa.

“I can tell you though things are ticking over good at Morley Park,” O’Donoghue said.

Morley Park is set on 200 acres of irrigated pasture at Shepparton in the heart of Victoria's Goulburn Valley. It has been one of Australia's leading standard bred nurseries since 1982.

The home of Champions, Morley Park Stallions have made a lasting impression on the Australian Harness racing industry.

In the past Classic Garry, 16 time Australia's champion colonial pacing bred stallion and the 7-time Australian champion trotting sire Red Coach Glory both live on through the deeds of their champion sons and successful sires in Chandon and Wagon Apollo.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

(1) Shadyshark Hanover winning the Oliver Wendell Holmes Pace at the Meadowlands on August 6 last year:

(2) In the final elimination for the 2010 Breeders Crown 2YO Colt Pace, driver Jim Morill Jr rockets from way back in the field to win with Shadyshark Hanover.:

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