Waikato Guineas, a Gr.2 race and the peak of the Saturday meeting at Te Rapa, New Zealand, was won by the three-year-old Wyndspelle, who took the race by a half a length from Shocking Luck, a horse bred by G. L. Currie a T. W. Archer Trust, who was successful in a black-type race for the very first time. Sired by Shocking, he has a rather interesting pedigree whose key aspect deserves attention.
When in September 2014 the two-year old Lucida won the Gr. Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, twelve days after finishing second in the Gr.1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, half-a-length in front of the future Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Found, her pedigree was the centre of attention and it was commented on by several writers including Andrew Caulfield in the Thoroughbred Owner-Breeder and all emphasised a close inbreeding to the champion among the European two-year-olds, Machiavellian, and the Irish Oaks winner Helen Street. These two gave birth to four horses, of whom two went down to history. The first one was Helsinki, bred by the Sheikh Mohammed, a winner in France and third in the listed Prix Melisande. Trained by Andre Fabre during her racing career she was more successful at stud than on the racecourse. She produced a champion two-year-old colt in England and two-time classic winner in France, Shamardal, who was equally good, or even better, at stud. Five years later Helen Street produced even a better ace – the winner of the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster Handicap and the third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Street Cry. He, too, later excelled at stud – among his 108 black-type winners let us name the excellent Zenyatta or the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Street Sense.
Lucida, bred by Darley and foaled in 2012, was the very first horse in whose pedigree Shamardal met Street Cry. The connection of Shamardal with a Street Cry’s daughter brought into the pedigree 3x3 inbreeding to both parents of Shamardal’s dam Helsinki and Street Cry, the result being a filly of great class, who finished second in the 1,000 Guineas and third in the Coronation Stakes at three, and as a four-year-old she took the third place in the Pretty Polly Stakes. Although Shamardal and Street Cry belonged to the Sheikh Mohammed, each was based on a different continent and Lucida was one of just two thoroughbred sired by Shamardal and out of a dam by Street Cry. The second one is her full brother Loures, who raced just once at two, without a place in a maiden race.
Nevertheless Shamardal and Street Cry did meet on a single continent – as shuttle stallions they spent several seasons in Australia and although the local breeders failed to join Shamardal with a daughter of Street Cry, but they tried a reverse connection – Street Cry with a Shamardal’s daughter. This attempt gave birth, in 2012, to Iron Boss, the winner of a single race with winnings of 17,000 dollars. It was on New Zealand where G. L. Curie tried to mate Street Cry’s son Shocking with Shamardal’s daughter Shamardal Luck. This attempt produced Shocking Luck, who in his five races so far won once, was second twice and fourth once. The Saturday second place in the Gr.2 Waikato Guineas was his first achievement on the black-type scene and, at the same time, the second achievement of a horse in whose pedigree Street Cry joined with Shamardal. In his pedigree the inbreeding is more distant, 3x4 to Machiavellian and Helen Street. What it has in common with the above quoted combination of Shamardal and Street Cry is the fact that this combination, too, is not frequently used. Besides Shocking Luck it was tried just once – in the case of yet unnamed brother, foaled in 2015, who has his racing career ahead.
New Zealand saw one more similar mating. Shamoline Warrior, not much used at stud, a Gr.3 winner by Shamardal, produced three horses with Street Cry’s daughter Blue Beat. The oldest of them, Spur Street Viper, raced but without place.
Besides the horses mentioned above I have found just one more example of combining Shamardal’s blood with that of Street Cry – it was in the pedigree of the mare Bossy Betty Lou, foaled in 2013 at Kentucky and sired by Street Boss (Street Cry) out of Shamardal’s daughter Velvet Moss. The filly was sold at Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-Years-Old in Training Sale for 35,000 dollars, but has not raced so far.
Today we can find eight foals of racing age of this combination, five of them have raced, one just once. Three have won, two – Lucida and Shocking Luck – were successful in stakes races. Lucida even won a Gr.2 race and placed several times in Gr.1 races. This is not a poor record.