Life in the Hawkesbury district and being treated like a king appears to agree with the four-year-old gelding SHALMANESER after his win at Bathurst on Tuesday 20th January in race 3 the 1110 metre Western Advocate Maiden Handicap.
SHALMANESER, the name given to several Assyrian kings who ruled around 1200 BC. , was transferred to the Singleton stable, after a six month spell and using the knowledge Scott has gained over the years and his success with tried horses, he was able to get the son of Teofilo (IRE) to break his maiden status.
After beginning well, jockey Kevin May settled his mount midfield and travelling nicely. At the 800 metre mark the combination were five lengths off the lead, 200 metres later Kevin made a move, taken out wider on the track SHALMANESER was steadily gaining on the leaders Monsieur Affaire and Steam Machine.
Although momentum carried his horse a bit wider than he would have hoped around the tight home turn at Bathurst, Kevin allowed SHALMANESER to balance up in the straight, still three lengths away and wide approaching the 200 metre pole. With his mind fully on the job 100 metres out, the horse sprouted wings and hit the line in devastating fashion to win by a long neck.
It was the second victory for the progeny of TEOFILO, an Irish bred stallion, for the stable as ART OF DEFENCE, a younger half brother was successful at Queanbeyan ten days earlier. It appears that the breed need a bit of time to mature before realising their full potential.
Sincere Congratulations to SHALMANESER's owners, Mr D & Mr A Zomaya, Mrs M Callow, Mrs P Bailey and Mr C Kent. It was a very exciting win and we're sure in the future your horse will produce more wins.