Filly’s express pace opens sire’s account


Explosive pace earned Shamexpress Group One sprinting honours in Australia and shades of that were on show at Riccarton on Saturday when the Windsor Park Stud resident sired his first winner from his first crop of 2YO’s.

The well-credentialled stallion’s daughter Xpressmymind flew the outside gate in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race (900m) to cross the field and lead under rider Courtney Barnes.

She travelled comfortably and sprinted clear in the run home to win by 3 lengths and turn the tables on Miroslava, who had beaten her on debut last month when Xpressmymind had sat wide without cover before finishing second.

“She’s a really nice filly who hasn’t done anything wrong,” part-owner and trainer Andrew Carston said.

“It’s been a good team effort and they’re only two once so as long as she comes through this race well we’ll go again.”

Windsor Park studmaster Rodney Schick was understandably delighted and far from surprised by the result.

“It’s great for Andrew and he had told me that she was a really smart filly,” he said.

“It’s very exciting and great to get that first winner under his belt. He’s had very good books of mares and his yearlings have sold well.”

Shamexpress was a Group One winner of the VRC Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, one of Australia’s most prestigious sprint races, before his retirement to the Cambridge nursery.

He is a New Zealand-bred son of O’Reilly, who on Friday evening was inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame, from the Volksraad mare Volksrose.