Showdown in Shea's sights

Mar 08, 2018

As if the lucrative VOBIS program wasn't already appealing enough, the addition of the $1million The Showdown in April 2019 gave Shea added incentive to target eligible horses at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Presented with a buyer's paradise at Inglis this week, Shea raided vendors of his favourite yearlings, coming home with 10 fabulous young prospects including two headline acts by sire of the moment Written Tycoon.

Check out Lot 346 - the black beauty!

"I've never bought that many horses at a sale before but it was a perfect storm and The Showdown is a focus for me," Shea explained.

"The buying bench was a bit soft but the quality was still there if you did the hard work and I spent a week on the complex identifying my short list.

"I'm thrilled with the quality of the horses I have bought home - it was like an AFL-mega draft. Hopefully I can have multiple runners in The Showdown next year and give my owners a huge chance at the $1million prize."

Lot 330 is a chestnut powerhouse!

Amongst Shea's Premier Sale purchases are Showdown eligible yearlings by sires like Written Tycoon, Reset, Helmet, and Kuroshio, as well as yearlings by So You Think, Deep Field, Star Witness, Zebedee, and the last crop of Stratum.

"Two be able to come home with two really well-priced Written Tycoon's is fantastic - the colt Lot 346 is the nicest horse I have ever bought," Shea said.

"But there is great depth across all the yearlings - if owners can't find one they like there's something wrong with them!"

To enquire about any of the yearlings purchased, contact our Business and Racing Manager Glenn Scott on or 0438 230 330.

Stay tuned for more news including our Open Day on April 14


Lot 135 - So You Think x Bella Princess, Colt

Lot 140 - Reset x Chevaleresse, Colt

Lot 211 - Star Witness x War Attitude, Colt

Lot 263 - Stratum x Bearded Lady, Filly

Lot 283 - Zebedee x Burgundy Notes, Colt

Lot 330 - Written Tycoon x Das Machen, Filly

Lot 346 - Written Tycoon x Dowager Princess, Colt

Lot 478 - Deep Field x Lawmarker, Filly

Lot 709 - Helmet x Heigl, Filly

Lot 749 - Kuroshio x Miss Evangeline, Colt