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Uluru’s Summer turns up the heat

Summer Sham & Jeff Dimery (centre) after winning the Angus Armanasco Stakes (Mike Keating-Racing Photos)

Uluru Stud’s home-bred filly Summer Sham maintained her unbeaten record with a brilliant victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield for successful breeder and owner Jeffrey Dimery of Uluru Stud.

“It was just stellar, and I was right on the fence in the mounting yard, enjoying every minute. She’s only a small filly, but she has a great motor.” Dimery said.

Dimery’s long-term trainer Danny O’Brien said he was thrilled with the way the filly had coped with the steep rise in class between each of her three career runs, all in her first racing preparation.

“She’s a lightly-raced filly that’s racing in great form and she was brilliant from the gate, which gave nothing else a chance from there,” O’Brien said.

Her jockey, Daniel Moor thanked the loyalty of Sumer Sham’s connections, including breeder and part-owner Jeff Dimery.

“Jeff Dimery is a great supporter of mine, and I’m tipping he would get plenty of calls from other jockeys, but he’s kept me on. That’s what keeps you turning up to the races every day.”

The Group 2 win of Summer Sham certainly justified Dimery’s decision to purchase her dam Hot Summer Night (Fusaichi Pegasus) for $300,000 in foal with Summer Sham at the 2014 Teeley Assets Dispersal Sale as part of the Magic Millions National Sale.

In 2017, Dimery dispersed the breeding stock of Uluru Stud due to a change in personal circumstances, however, he is now starting his operation back up from scratch.

“I sold all my mares including Hot Summer Night in foal to Written Tycoon which was hard, but I did buy back her half-sister, a Fastnet Rock filly. I also tried to keep her Fastnet Rock brother and was the under-bidder…I couldn’t buy them all.”

“It will be a different model this time, as I have also sold my farm so, instead of running a property, I will work with other farms this time.

“I currently have a couple of racing fillies that I will breed from and now Summer Sham has added important “black type” to her pedigree she will become one of the founding broodmares in the rebuilding of my breeding operation.

“She is a beautifully bred filly, descending from Shantha’s Choice from the family of the great Redoute’s Choice. Her granddam Unspoken Choice (Giant’s Causeway) is also a half-sister to Manhattan Rain, Platinum Scissors, Echoes Of Heaven and Sliding Cube (the dam of Rubick).”

“If Summer Sham recovers well, we will look at the Kewney (Stakes) in a fortnight, and then head to Sydney if she’s still holding together. I am very mindful that it is her first preparation, so we don’t want to tax her too hard, so if at any time she shows signs that she wants a break, that is our priority.”

“Along with Summer Sham, and her Fastnet Rock sister, I also have a three-quarter sister to Shamrocker called Shampion that I race, that will form my new broodmare band.”

“Shampion will go to the breeding barn this year, but she will first have her last race over 4000 metres at Warrnambool for Australian and New Zealand stayers only. It would be great if they had more races for local stayers, and even have a feature race over the carnival, especially as the Melbourne Cup is almost entirely international bred horses now.”

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