Could lightning strike twice for partnership?


Lightning may have struck twice for successful owners Dato Yap and Jeff Dimery as they look to have another smart galloper by O'Reilly on their hands in the form of impressive Seymour maiden winner Sacred Sham.

The three-year-old colt was a comfortable winner over 1000m on debut for Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien, who prepared multiple Group 1 winning filly Shamrocker for Yap and Dimery.

The pair race under the banners of Raffles Racing and Uluru Stud respectively and both have enjoyed great success with the progeny of Waikato Stud's late Champion sire O'Reilly.

"Sacred Sham's jump-outs have been really good," O'Brien's racing manager Matt Harrington said. "He's an O'Reilly that has needed a bit of time and we're happy to see him do it under race conditions. We'll aim up the tree and see how far he can go.

"He has the scope to go further so we're excited. The last horse by O'Reilly that Uluru Stud and Raffles raced together with us was Shamrocker so hopefully he can follow in her footsteps."

In addition to Shamrocker, Dimery raced O'Reilly's Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress, who these days resides at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand where his first crop-yearlings sold up to $510,000.

Not to be outdone, Raffles Racing's colours were carried to four Group 1 victories by O'Reilly's son Sacred Falls, with the former Chris Waller-trained galloper now standing at Waikato Stud.

Story by NZ Racing Desk and appeared on Breednet.com.au, to view full story click here

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