Shamardashing Scores 2012 Grafton Cup Victory

July 12th, 2012

Patinack stayer Shamardashing has won the Listed $150,000 2012 Grafton Cup, producing an excellent finish to take top honours ahead of stablemate Saint Encosta.

Ridden patiently by experienced jockey Jeff Lloyd, the five-year-old stayer settled in fourth position for the majority of the race as Blinkin Easy set the pace.

With 800 metres to go Lloyd began to make his move and by the time the field approached the bend he had a share of the lead three wide with Blinkin Easy.

But as the horses entered the straight it was Shamardashing who was able to lift, galloping away for a one-length victory as Saint Encosta also finished well to take runner-up honours.

Lloyd was thrilled to have ridden Shamardashing to victory in the Grafton feature and praised the crowd for creating an excellent atmosphere.

“This is a nice one, to come here and win their cup race, it’s pretty special,” Lloyd said.

“It is great to see the support that these types of country meetings get, it’s just a different type of atmosphere.”

It was the second win from five winter starts for Shamardashing and foreman Brett Killion said it was thoroughly deserved.

“If ever a horse deserves it, it’s him. He’s so honest, he’s a real warhorse,” Killion said.

“He could probably have another six runs this prep and he’d handle it…he’s tough.”

Last year’s winner Warrior Within tried hard but had to settle with third place.

Shamardashing has now won eight times from 31 starts and has collected nearly $300,000 in prize money.

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Grafton Cup – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Jeff Lloyd 8 57.5kg $3.20F
2 5 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 1.3L 6 54.5kg $13
3 2 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 2.1L 3 58kg $5
4 4 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley Peter Robl 2.2L 5 56.5kg $6
5 8 BLINKIN EASY Ruth Cooper Timothy Bell (a) 2.4L 10 54kg $17
6 6 SOUTHERN SHIMMER Ross Stitt Robert Thompson 4.7L 1 54kg $4.80
7 9 RODEO PLAYBOY John B Scott Ben Looker 5.3L 2 54kg $41
8 10 FRENCH GIFT Steve Hodge Ms Alex Stokes (a) 7.7L 9 54kg $18
9 11 TRADING SECRETS (NZ) Mark Lynch Luke Rolls 10.9L 7 54kg $26
10 7 DANAHERE (NZ) Sue Grills Ric McMahon 12.6L 4 54kg $31