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Shark Gesture to stand at Wai Eyre Farm

01:50 AM 21 Jul 2011 NZST
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Shark Gesture
Shark Gesture

Shark Gesture 1:48.2 ($2,818,021), the richest son of former champion pacer and now leading harness racing sire of sires, Cam's Card Shark, will stand his first season in New Zealand at Wai Eyre Farm, near Christchurch this year. The deal was completed by the Australian-based company Global Stallion Management, and the brilliant, young stallion will stand alongside Christian Cullen and another of the GSM Team, Stonebridge Regal at the prestige Canterbury nursery. His service fee will be $4,500 plus GST.

Gary Donaldson, a partner of Global Stallion Management, said: "We are very excited to be importing a horse of Shark Gesture's calibre 'Down Under'. He has all the credentials to make a great sire."

It can rightly be claimed of Shark Gesture that he is one of the best bred and best performed horses to come to NZ. As a two-year-old he established a record of 1:51.6 while winning the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and the Simpson Memorial.

At 3, Shark Gesture posted a mark of 1:49.2 and won eight of his 16 starts, earning $634,320 in stakes. Undoubtedly, the highlight of his sophomore season was the $610,000 final of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine, defeating Mister Big, Dave Panlone, Artistic Fella and co, after going down in the elimination a week earlier in a horrible on-track accident.

His other major successes included the Tattersalls Pace, Bluegrass Stake, Simpson Memorial and an elimination of the Progress Pace.

At 4, Shark Gesture won the $120,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham in 1:49.4 over Artistic Fella, was second in the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational and second in the $285,000 Graduate before retiring because of a racing injury.

After a brief stud career, Shark Gesture returned to racing as a true champion and winner of over $1.85million in 2009 and 2010. In 2009 he won $935,015 posting victories in the Graduate, William Haughton Memorial and Canadian Pacing Derby in which he defeated top horses such as Mister Big, Won The West, Art Official, Bettor Sweet and Silent Swing.

Last year Shark Gesture banked $918,875 and finished first or second in his first 10 starts of the season, adding the Graduate, Bettor’s Delight, Dan Patch and William Haughton.

In a spectacular racetrack career Shark Gesture earned more than $2.8million and took a mark of 1:48.2. In doing so, he posted 31 sub 1:50 miles, 16 1:49 miles and a remarkable four 1:48 or better miles.

George Brennan, who drove Shark Gesture, said: “Throughout his racing career, Shark Gesture showed tremendous speed and toughness. He could leave in 25 and finish in sub 26. Shark Gesture possessed tactical speed and guts like no other horse I have driven.”

Not only are Shark Gesture’s accomplishments on the racetrack truly outstanding, but he is matching those achievements in the siring field. From his first small crop as two-year-olds, he has already left two top colts in Best Ears 1:52.6, a winner of two of his three starts including a $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold elimination, and Piston Broke 1:56.4, who won a heat of the OSS Grassroots Series at Georgian Downs.

Other two-year-olds by Shark Gesture have been seen to advantage at qualifying trials, including Twin B Turbo who won in 2:00 flat at Ontario. In fact, 25 percent of his initial crop has qualified.

Shark Gesture, a striking $110,000 yearling purchase, is a regally bred son of the great Cam’s Card Shark 1:50 ($2.4m) out of Simple Gesture, a Western Hanover daughter of the multiple stakes-winning Empty Feeling 1:53.2 ($354,657) and three-quarter sister to the very smart Ponder 1:48.2 ($1.5m).


Shark Gesture winning the 2010 W.R. Haughton Memorial:

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