Shamexpress gets first Aussie winner


On Friday Shamexpress produced his first Australian winner when Embrace Me scored at Werribee and fittingly it was for trainer Danny O'Brien.

The Windsor Park's freshman sire has five first crop winners, and this was his second in as many days when the two-yea-old filly gave a brilliant front running display over 1115m.

O'Brien trained Shamexpress to Newmarket Handicap glory and was thrilled with Friday's result.

"It's exciting when sons and daughters of horses that you have trained come through, and it's extra special given it's his first winner in Australia as well," O'Brien said.

Embrace Me was a $90,000 purchase from the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock for owner Mark Sowerby.

"Mark's a great client and I think good things are in store for this filly moving forward," O'Brien added.

Shamexpress, the fastest son of champion sire O'Reilly, is really starting to make a name for himself with his first-crop 2YO's and is currently the leading first season sire in NZ. The exciting young sire has a raft of promising gallopers throughout Australasia.

The win of Embrace Me came hot on the heels of another brilliant front running display by Qiji Express at Hastings on Thursday for leading trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

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