International racing and breeding powerhouse Al Shaqab Racing and Kentucky’s famed Taylor Made Farms are growing their links with the Victorian breeding industry with a new stallion to stand at Swettenham Stud.

Swettenham, Taylor Made and Al Shaqab have announced that Mshawish, the dual Group 1 winning son and highest earning entire of champion Medaglia d’Oro, will be joining the Nagambie farm’s stallion roster in 2017.

This announcement follows other major investments in the Victorian breeding industry by operators from North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Mshawish retired with nine wins from 24 starts and earnings of more than AU$3.1 million. An elite, versatile and sound five-time Group race winner on multiple surfaces over distances from 1500m to 1800m, he has defeated more than half a dozen Group 1 winners around the globe.

Khalifa Al Attiya, Executive Director of Al Shaqab Racing commented it was important to Al Shaqab that they not only race good horses, but also produce top stallions.

“We are very proud that we have exciting young sires on our roster all around the world, with the hope of many more to come,” he said.

International head of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Joaan al Thani

International head of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Joaan al Thani

Swettenham Stud owner, Adam Sangster has forged a relationship with the Qatari racing organisation with the outstanding stallion Toronado standing at his premier Nagambie farm for the last two years. The addition of Mshawish (pronounced ‘M-sha-wish’) raises the bar to another level.

“Mshawish represents another top-class stallion coming to Victoria,” Sangster said.

“This is indicative of the confidence and strength of the Victorian industry when international entities like Al Shaqab and Taylor Made are willing to send stallions of Mshawish’s calibre.

“We have had great support for Toronado from Australian breeders so I am really excited to present Mshawish to them. He’s a lovely type of stallion with the physical presence we all look for when choosing a mating.

Duncan Taylor, President & CEO of Taylor Made Stallions said they were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Adam Sangster in shuttling Mshawish to Swettenham Stud.

“Australia is arguably the most lucrative thoroughbred marketplace in the world at present where the excitement and prize money for horse racing is second to none,” Taylor said.

“Medaglia D’Oro has been very successful from limited opportunities in Australia and we believe having his best son at stud there provides breeders a great option to breed to this emerging sire line.

“This partnership gives him a great opportunity to become an international sire and hopefully the next great dual-hemisphere stallion.”

Mshawish's Group 1 turf triumph at Gulfstream Park

Mshawish’s Group 1 turf triumph at Gulfstream Park

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mshawish captured the Group 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap before victory in the Group 1 Donn Handicap on dirt.

“Mshawish always impressed me with his versatility, high-cruising speed, and neat ability to also have an exciting turn of foot,” Pletcher said.

“He was top-class on both surfaces. I look forward to training his babies a few years down the road.”

Mshawish is keeping elite company with other stallion sons of Medaglia d’Oro in Australia. Brilliant Sydney galloper and Group 1 Golden Rose winner Astern has now been retired to stud in NSW, along with the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas winner Nostradamus, and Golden Slipper winner Vancouver standing this season in the Hunter Valley.

As the sire of Mshawish, it was significant Medaglia d’Oro had such an outstanding Inglis Easter Yearling sale, topping the sale with the stunning $2.4 million dollar colt from the stakes winning mare, Hoss Amor. His 19 lots were sold for an impressive $341,0000 average price.

A well-preformed dam line, Mshawish is out of the mare Thunder Bayou (Thunder Gulch) from the immediate family of multiple Group 1 winning champion two-year-old filly, Halfbridled and Group 2 winner, Lu Ravi.

His second dam Bayou Storm is by Storm Cat and produced stakes winners Meteorologist and Bayou Breeze. At The Half, his grand dam was a Group 3 winning juvenile by Seeking The Gold and dam of La Ravi.

Mshawish will provide outstanding value in comparison to other sons of Medaglia d’Oro sons at stud. Vancouver’s 2017 stud fee is $49,500, while Astern will stand at $38,500.

Swettenham Stud is committed to giving their breeders every opportunity to access a dual Group 1 winning son of Medaglia d’Oro, and will stand Mshawish for a realistic fee of $16,500.

For any enquiries regarding Mshawish please contact Adam, Brian or Rachel at Swettenham on 03 5794 2044.

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