Sheer Talent

2017

SHEER TALENT RETIRES TO CARRINGTON PARK STUD IN 2017

 

Sheer Talent, a son of renowned ‘sire of sires’ Redoute’s Choice from the Eight Carat family, has been retired to Carrington Park Stud for the 2017 Season. A Group 3 Winner of the VRC CS Hayes Stakes, and 3rd in the Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas by 1 ¼ lengths, Sheer Talent’s racing career was cut short due to injury, and only raced 10 times.

 

A 2YO winner at his second start at Seymour, Sheer Talent’s third start was in the Group 3 MRC McNeil Stakes, running 5th behind Lady Of Harrods, Kabayan & Shamexpress over 1200m, beaten just over a length. After resuming in the Autumn in the Listed MRC Manfred Stakes with an encouraging 4th over 1200m at his fourth start, Sheer Talent then won the Group 3 VRC CS Hayes Stakes defeating Philippi and Albrecht. He lined up in the Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas from Barrier 15, and after going forward from the start, sitting outside the leader and being exposed early in the straight, Sheer Talent ran a gallant 3rd behind Ferlax & You’re So Good, beaten only 1 ¼ length while again defeating Philippi and Albrecht. At his final start for his Autumn campaign, Sheer Talent stretched out to 2040m in the Group 2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes, running 2nd to future Group 1 ATC Australian Derby runner-up Philippi by a nose, showing his versatility from 1200m-2040m.

 

Bred by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud and sold for $350,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale to Mark Kavanagh, Sheer Talent descends from the esteemed Eight Carat Family. He is a full and half-brother to Group Winners Kittens and Saint Encosta, as well as being from a half-sister to Group 1 Winners Bonanova, Fraternity & Telesto. Successful stallions from this family include Octagonal, Commands, Kaapstad and Danewin, as well as young stallion prospects Shooting To Win and Deep Field.

Sheer Talent Standing

Sheer Talent Racing

Race Career

A 2YO winner at his second race start at Seymour, Sheer Talent’s third start was as an early 3YO in the Group 3 MRC McNeil Stakes, running 5th behind Lady Of Harrods, Kabayan & Shamexpress over 1200m, beaten just over a length (Replay: http://www.racing.com/form/2012-09-01/caulfield/race/4/results).
After resuming in the Autumn in the Listed MRC Manfred Stakes with an encouraging 4th over 1200m at his fourth start, Sheer Talent then won the Group 3 VRC CS Hayes Stakes at his 5th start, defeating Philippi and Albrecht (Replay: http://www.racing.com/form/2013-02-16/flemington/race/6/results).
He lined up in the Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas from Barrier 15, and after going forward from the start, sitting outside the leader and hitting the front early in the straight, Sheer Talent ran a gallant 3rd behind Ferlax & You’re So Good, beaten only 1 ¼ length while again defeating Philippi and Albrecht (Replay: http://www.racing.com/form/2013-03-02/flemington/race/7/results).

 

At his final start of his 3YO season, Sheer Talent stretched out to 2040m in the Group 2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes, running 2nd to future Group 1 ATC Australian Derby runner-up Philippi by a nose, showing his versatility from 1200m-2040m (Replay: http://www.racing.com/form/2013-03-15/moonee-valley/race/6/results).

 

Sheer Talent was set for the Group 1 VRC Emirates Stakes at Flemington over 1600m as a spring 4YO, but after a promising return from a spell in early October when 6th in the Listed VRC Paris Lane Stakes beaten just over 1 ½ lengths, Sheer Talent made only 2 more racetrack appearances before being retired due to injury, limiting his career to only 10 starts.

Background & Breeding

Bred by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud, Sheer Talent is by Australia’s 3-time Champion Stallion, Redoute’s Choice. To date, he has sired 123 Stakes Winners, including 27 G1 Winners, with progeny earnings over $114 million. His sons at stud include:

Snitzel, standing for $88,000, sired 31 Stakes Winners, including 6 x G1 Winners

Stratum, standing for $33,000, sired 28 Stakes Winners including 3 x G1 Winners

Not A Single Doubt, standing for $33,000, sired 23 Stakes Winners including 1 x G1 Winner

 

Sheer Talent’s damline is the jewel in the crown of the Australian & New Zealand bloodstock industries. Being from the mare St. Katherine, he is a full-brother to G3 Winner & twice G1 4th placed Kittens, and half-brother to G3 Winner Saint Encosta. St. Katherine is a half-sister to 3 x G1 Winners, Bonanova, Telesto & Fraternity. Sheer Talent’s 3rd Dam, Great Klaire, is a half-sister to European Champion 3YO & Champion 2YO Filly Habibti, but most importantly is a half-sister to 3-time Broodmare of the Year, Eight Carat. She is the dam of Champions & G1 Winners Octagonal, Kaapstad, Mouawad, Marquise & Diamond Lover; and the grand-dam of Champions & G1 Winners Danewin, Don Eduardo, Tristalove & Shower Of Roses. Stallions from this family include:

Commands (G3 Winner by Danehill), sire of 67 Stakes Winners, deceased

Kaapstad (G1 Winner by Sir Tristram), sire of 46 Stakes Winners, deceased

Danewin (G1 Winner by Danehill), sire of 29 Stakes Winners, pensioned

Octagonal (G1 Winner by Zabeel), sire of 25 Stakes Winners, pensioned

Viscount (G1 Winner by Quest For Fame), sire of 11 Stakes Winners, active

Don Eduardo (G1 Winner by Zabeel), sire of 10 Stakes Winners, active

Viking Ruler (G1 Winner by Danehill), sire of 6 Stakes Winners, active

Shooting To Win (G1 Winner by Northern Meteor), retired in 2015 standing for $38,500

Deep Field (G2 Winner by Northern Meteor), retired in 2015 standing for $22,000

Carrington Park Stud’s Peter Beauman: “We’re thrilled to have Sheer Talent retiring to Carrington Park Stud for the 2015 Season. He is by one of the great stallions of Australia in Redoute’s Choice, who’s sons at stud like Snitzel and Stratum have exceeded everyone’s expectations. He possesses a similar profile to other successful Redoute’s Choice sons Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau (leading first season sire for 2014/15), as stallions that were Listed or Group Winners with a high level placing in a Group 1 or $1,000,000 race. He has a great physique, a prolific Group 1 producing pedigree and untapped Group 1 ability, we can’t wait to see his foals on the ground in 2016.”

 

Sheer Talent will stand the 2015 season at $4,400.

 

Contact: Peter Beauman 0412 458 333 info@carringtonparkstud.com.au www.carringtonparkstud.com.au

 

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