Shahroze Powers From Last To First At Woodbine To Give Holy Roman Emperor More International Success

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Shahroze, a gelding by Aquis’ Irish shuttler Holy Roman Emperor, has powered from last to first to take out his stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 3 $US125,000 Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada.

Trained by Graham Motion and with local jockey Alan Garcia in the saddle, the gelding rallied from last place for a powerful two-length victory in the 1 ½ mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

The final time on a firm turf course was 2:25.65, just .35 seconds off the course record established by Raintrap in the 1994 running of the Canadian International.

“Today he was very impressive,” said Garcia. “He broke well and then was squished out of there and then was last and saved all the ground. When we came turning for home, I said, ‘Let me go wide’ because I have plenty of horse and then he did his job.

“I wanted to be a little closer to the pace today, but he got that problem in the break,” continued Garcia. “After that, turning for home I let him run and he kicked away from everybody.”

Shahroze, an Irish-bred son of Holy Roman Emperor and Shareen (by Bahri), began his career in his homeland and now has won three of five starts since arriving in North America last year. He is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Head of Plains Partners LLC,

The win further cements Holy Roman’s reputation for producing winners, along with sales ring demand. In Australian sales rings in 2018 his yearlings achieved a 100% clearance rate and sold for up to $260,000, averaged $110,000, with a median of $102,500 – a huge return of over 10x his advertised stud fee of $9,900.

In the past month Holy Roman Emperor he has sired Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised , Group Two Diana Trial winner Well Timed, and the Group Three BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Duca Valentinois.

Currently standing the Northern Hemisphere season at Coolmore in Ireland, Holy Roman Emperor will again return to Aquis’ Queensland base this spring, at a fee of $9,900, with his book restricted to 100 mares.