O'Reilly Mare Shalwa Opens Stakes Account in Helen Couglan Plate

Mark Smith - Saturday May 30

It was a Tony Gollan-trained quinella in Saturday’s Listed Helen Couglan Plate at Doomben, much to the delight of punters it was the heavily backed favourite Shalwa who opened her stakes account.

Shalwa fends off stablemate Krone image Racing Queensland

Ridden by Baylee Nothdurft, the 5yo daughter of O’Reilly defeat the Eurozone mare Krone by a neck with the luckless Redoute’s Choice mare Jen Rules, three-quarter of a length back in third.

Shalwa earned a spot in next week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap but Gollan is not convinced she is up to the class.

“It’s a bit of a surprise, I have no firm ideas on the Stradbroke but I’ll speak with part-owner Sheamus Mills and we will work it out,” Golan said.

“This was her sought of race. She loves Doomben and we thought this race would be her grand final, give her a chance to get on the speed and control the race and she did just that."

"We took the blinkers off about five starts back and she's been a different horse, hasn't run a bad race since and hopefully that continues."

"Chrome was excellent running second, I'm still working her out having not had her too long, but we took the tongue tie off after her Gold Coast run where she was a bit worked up and she presented far more relaxed today."

"I really think she'll win a race this winter, there's a mares race over the 1400 metres in a couple of week’s time which looks right up her alley."

Nothdurft said he felt like he was on the winner all the way.

"She went super today, she enjoys travelling on hot speeds she's got a lovely big action, there was no point in the run I didn't feel like we'd be in the finish," Nothdurft said.

"She's just a mare that gets everything out of herself, she did it again today when we hit the lead very early and she just kept finding she's tough."

"I know the Stradbroke wasn't the goal with her but she's there now with no weight on her back, she loves Eagle Farm who knows."

Both the winner and runner-up have been catalogued for Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in July.

Bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Shalwa advances her record to 7 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds from 22 starts with earnings of $301,065 after beginning her career under the training of Mick Price.

She is the only foal to race out of the Elusive Quality (USA) mare Futoon who is a daughter of the exceptional racemare Flitter (Bluebird) whose nine wins included the Group 1 BATC Doomben Ten Thousand and Group 1 STC Winfield Classic.

Purchased by Tim Stakemire for $130,000 at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Futoon had just one more foal, a 4yo unraced sister to Shalwa named Ishraqa, before being retired.

Shalwa becomes stakes-winner number 96 for the former Waikato resident O’Reilly who died in December 2014.



Race Result - Tab Helen Coughlan Stakes LR 1350m

Doomben Track: Good(4) Time: 1:19.12
T: T J Gollan J: Baylee Nothdurft 55.5
5m O'Reilly (NZ) x Futoon (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
T: T J Gollan J: J Byrne 57
4m Eurozone (AUS) x Soft Landing (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $120,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Roll The Dice Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $60,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Rosemont Stud
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $30,000
V:Bell View Park Stud Meroo Meadow NSW
B: Rae Louise Charlton
Jen Rules
T: P & P Snowden J: Dale Smith 55.5
4m Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Fate Rules (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Kitchwin Hills
T: A J Denham J: S Cormack 55.5
5m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Aziani (AUS) (Fasliyev (USA))
T: James Cummings J: L V Cassidy 57.5
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Shelters (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Into The Abyss
T: John Thompson J: James Orman 55.5
4m Foxwedge (AUS) x Moonboat (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services P/L (FBAA)
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: B N Stewart 58
5m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Special Episode (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Baystone Farm, Gnarwarre
B: Dynamic Syndications / Dean Watt Bloodstock (FBAA) / M G Price Racing
Romani Girl
T: C J Waller J: Jake Bayliss 55.5
4m Reliable Man (GB) x Gypsy Jewels (AUS) (Jade Robbery (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Westbury Stud Ltd Karaka NZ
B: B K Racing
Love You Lucy
T: B J Squair J: M R Du Plessis 56.5
4m Love Conquers All (AUS) x Whitechapel (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
River Racer
T: L G Ross J: A Mallyon 56.5
6m Hidden Dragon (AUS) x Royal Yangtze (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Ready To Prophet
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: R Wiggins 57
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Ready To Live (USA) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Torryburn Stud Torryburn NSW
B: Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bstock (FBBA)
T: C J Waller J: M Cahill 58.5
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Now Now (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
Paint The Town Two
T: S B Laming J: R Fradd 57.5
5m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Italic (GB) (Medicean (GB))
Frangipani Moon
T: David Vandyke J: Ms S Thornton 56.5
4m Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Equality (AUS) (Conatus (AUS))
Bold Arial
T: Billy Healey J: M Hellyer 55.5
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Helvetica (AUS) (Zariz (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $105,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: First Light Racing / G Waterhouse / A Bott / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
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