Monday, December 11, 2017
Locally-owned Shine On Shannah made an impressive start to her racing career when running the faster of the two 512 metre Royal Fashion Maiden heats at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Weighing in at 31.5 kilograms, the sizeable bitch was away fairly from box six before taking over the running entering the back straight and eventually winning by 3¾ lengths in 30.49 seconds.
Whelped in January 2016, the daughter of Fabregas x Shannah’s Star is owned by Don Nunn – who also bred the black bitch – and trained at Compton by Tracie Price who has enjoyed plenty of success with Shannah’s Star’s stock.
For Nunn, it was a win that had come after a foot injury had threatened to put an end to Shine On Shannah’s racing career before it even started.
“In the end we opted to have a toe removed,” he said. “This certainly wasn’t a cheap procedure but today’s win certainly helps in some small way to vindicate our decision.”
The win was the culmination of a good weekend for Nunn after Shine On Shannah’s litter brother Shannah’s Gift – trained for him by Gary Hunt of Cudgee – opened his winning account at his second race start in a 400 metre event at Geelong on Friday night.
The weekend winners are out of Shannah’s Star’s second and final litter, her first – by Fear Zafonic – producing the Price-trained 2015 Christmas Cup winner Fear The Rascal as well as another of his prolific winners in Shannah’s Might who qualified for this year’s Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup final when running third to Fiorelli Rose and Homer in a heat on Sunday.
Shannah’s Star, who won on debut over 400 metres at Tara Raceway six years ago, recently died of a spider bite.
The 36 kilogram Lektra Menzel ran right up to his handy recent form at Horsham when leading all the way from box five to win the first heat of the Royal Fashion by six lengths in 30.56 seconds for Toolong trainer Phil Lenehan.
Also bred by Lenehan, the son of My Bro Fabio x Lektra Bianca had performed well in a Horsham maiden series when placed behind smart youngsters Emerald Rainbow and Fernando Drums.
Whelped in November 2015, the black dog was having only his sixth race start on Sunday after suffering a setback at breaking-in.
“He copped a bit of a setback at breaking-in so he’s a bit behind a couple of his littermates in Lektra Elsa and Lektra Guiseppe,” Lenehan said. “Actually, I didn’t think the run was too bad today because it was his first time over the 512 metre journey and his first look at the track. I reckon there should some improvement in him for the final.”
Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott has Garnet, Shaniqua and Sheza Renegade through to the final and will be looking to add to his list of Royal Fashion Maiden winners – Mundurra Express successful in 2009 and Manila Express in 2013.