Shrapnel (AUS) Brown, Entire, 2007
Dual Stakes Winning son of proven GR.1 Sire CHARGE FORWARD
The brilliant Group winning 2YO & 3YO sprinter SHRAPNEL has been purchased by Kooringal Stud and is to stand his first stud season in 2012 at the Lamont family's long established thoroughbred nursery in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
The best performed son of Arrowfield Stud's Group 1 winning racehorse and Group 1 producing sire Charge Forward, SHRAPNEL established himself as one of the leading sprinting talents of his generation after joining the Mark Kavanagh stable at Flemington as a $450,000 graduate of the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
SHRAPNEL wasted little time in establishing his future stud prospects, winning in juvenile stakes company at only his second career start. Produced in the Group 3 SAJC Marsh Breeders' Stakes (1200m) after a debut third in the Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes (1000m), Shrapnel scored with a half-length to spare over the bonny filly YOSEI a subsequent winner of three major Group 1 events on the Australian racing calendar during her own distinguished career.
The Queen Adelaide Breeders' Stakes brace of engagements, proved to be the only assignments of SHRAPNEL'S 2 year old season as the exciting colt was given an extended winter spell in readiness for his all important Classic year.
In just five starts as a 3 year old, SHRAPNEL not only went on to win on two more occasions, including a feature Group 2 event, but also record a prestigious Group 1 placing in one of the biggest contests staged during VRC Melbourne Cup Carnival week.
SHRAPNEL'S spring 3 year old campaign saw the highly regarded colt, add a competitive Moonee Valley 3 year old Plate (1200m) to his winning record, before lining up in the Group 1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes against some of the finest 3 year old sprinters in Australia. The contest witnessed SHRAPNEL run an admirable third behind multiple Group 1 winner Star Witness, the Kooringal Stud newcomer finishing in advance of Buffering, Sistine Angel, Solar Charged and Pressday, all proven Group 1 performers of the same generation.
SHRAPNEL'S autumn 3 year old campaign again witnessed him score in major Pattern Race company. The second of two starts resulted in a clear cut one and a half length victory in the Group 2 SAJC Yallambee Classic (1200m) at Morphettville in which the brilliant short course specialist led from start to finish in an exceptional display of sustained speed.
Immediately following SHRAPNEL'S Yallambee Classic victory, trainer Mark Kavanagh declared: "He's more than a very good horse. We bought him as a stallion prospect and you'd have to think he's halfway there now."
Following the successful purchase of SHRAPNEL by the Lamonts, it is going to be the clients of Kooringal Stud who will have the first opportunity to breed from Shrapnel, a multiple Group winning sprinter boasting supreme sprinting bloodlines notably free of Danzig blood.
SHRAPNEL is a representative of the acclaimed Roberto sireline through the highly successful Arrowfield Stud stallion Charge Forward and his internationally heralded sire Red Ransom (USA). This exciting young stallion prospect not only provides a total outcross for the countless daughters of Danehill (USA) or Danehill sire-sons at stud, but access to one of the most progressive female families currently in the Australian Stud Book.
SHRAPNEL is the second of two Group winners produced from Fragmentation, a juvenile stakes winning daughter of Snippets. Significantly, Fragmentation's first stakes winner is the Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap winner Wanted, whose services have been available at Eliza Park, Victoria, for the past two seasons at a fee of $38,500 (inc GST).
- Sire: Charge Forward
- Dam: Fragmentation
- Dam Sire: Snippets
- Country of Birth: Australia
- Date Foaled: October 2007
- Colour: Brown
- Sex: Entire
- Height: 16.1 hands
- Horse Life No: AUS 945657
- Owners & Breeders Incentive
Scheme: Eligible for BOBS - NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme
- Year entered Stud: 2012
- Best Performer: No Runners
- Live Foal Guarantee