May has been a great month for Moorookyle Park’s consistent Sharkbite, the regally bred son of Redoute’s Choice, represented by seven winners including two smart metropolitan gallopers.
Having his first run since last spring, the Gregory McFarlane trained Clear The Beach was impressive saluting at Rosehill on May 20. Showing good pace to dispute the early lead, he took a sit before taking over at the 300 metre mark and getting clear.
So much so that his trainer, who had set the lightly raced four-year-old for the Provincial Championships, may now set his sights on something even better.
“You never know, we might aim for a bit higher than that,” he said, adding that he rates the gelding “a solid Saturday class horse at least.”
It is a similar story for the Robbie Laing trained Jaws Of Steel was back to his best with a gutsy win at Sandown on May 10.
He is a horse who showed plenty of ability at two having run fourth in stakes company at debut before a dominant victory in the $100,000 Mornington Sires.
From there he headed to Sydney to contest the Group One Champagne Stakes – finishing seventh, described by Laing as “an absolute good thing beaten” having almost fallen.
This courage he again showed at Sandown, railing gamely and holding off strong late challenges in determined fashion. And he was all the more impressive taking into account that he was a very sick horse last spring – “he just wouldn’t eat for weeks,” Laing recalled, “it was very worrying.”
Other Sharkbites showing good ability include Save Me Ned (winner of two of his first five for the Michael O’Leary stable) and recent easy South Australian maiden winner Flip de Glore.
“Sharkbite’s progeny just take that little bit of time, but once in form they are tough, honest performers rewarding their owners with consistent form,” said Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny.
A particularly handsome dark brown near black stallion, Sharkbite was a versatile galloper able to impressively win both of his juvenile starts before proving competitive with Melbourne’s best three-year-olds (second to Haradasun in the Vain Stakes) and going on to win at Listed level over 1700 metres
One of the great Redoute’s Choice’s 147 stakes winners, Sharkbite hails from an outstanding international family.
He is a brother to the multiple stakes winning Scissor Kick (now at stud) and he has as his grandam a half-sister to the famed matriarch Hasili She is dam of the big race winners Intercontinental, Cacique, Heat Haze, Champs Elysees and Banks Hill – as well as the champion stallion Dansili.
For further information on Sharkbite and Moorookyle ‘s services contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385 or visit online at: www.moorookylepark.com.au