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Shalaa (IRE) 2013
Saigon Tea (NZ) 2009
1 October 2019
AFS no:
Moorooduc 3933 VIC, Australia

Trained by:

Trainer: Patrick Payne
Location: Plumpton 3335 VIC View map »

Bonus incentive schemes:

Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme (Registered)
NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme (Eligible)
WA Thoroughbred Breeder and Owner Incentive (Eligible)


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When I did my inspections of yearlings in the Hunter Valley in late 2019 I was taken by the progeny of Shalaa (Ire) I inspected. Unfortunately, I kept getting beaten in the sale ring and was unable to secure the ones I liked. My assessment of his potential to be successful here has been proven correct with him currently filling 2nd place on the Australian 2YO Premiership. This is an impressive effort for a First Season Sire.

It is only early days for Shalaa, but he already has sired two stakes winners and five other stakes placed horses amongst his 25 winners. I expect his progeny will get better with age. He is a very promising sire. Here are some comments on him by Frankie Dettori and John Gosden.

Al Shaqab Racing's Shalaa made his mark on the 2015 European season with five consecutive 1200-metre victories, culminating in Group 1 success in Europe’s premier 2YO sprinting tests, powering clear of his rivals in the Deauville Prix Morny G1 and making all in the Newmarket Middle Park S. G1.

Those performances ultimately cemented Shalaa’s status as Champion 2YO Colt in Great Britain and France. Timeform was suitably impressed, rating Shalaa at 123+ in July 2015, and declaring him the best two-year-old in the world at that time.

Jockey Frankie Dettori said after Shalaa’s Middle Park win, "He's got tremendous speed and he is the fastest two-year-old I've ridden. I haven't met a horse fast enough to lead him."

His champion trainer John Gosden echoed Dettori’s assessment. “He's very, very fast - the fastest two-year-old I've trained. He has so much speed and has that sprinter's build, so he reminds us all of Oasis Dream…He’s of that mould."

One of the things I really liked about this filly was that she wasn’t too heavy. Some of Shalaa’s progeny can be a bit to stocky. The video of her really displays her athleticism.

Shaquero, the 2021 Gold Coast Magic Millions winner was a similar build when I inspected him at Fernrigg Farm in the Hunter in December prior to the Magic Millions sale.

I wasn't confident in securing any of the yearlings I had on my list at the Inglis Premier Sale and was a bit shocked when Lot 303 this stunning Shalaa filly out of Saigon Tea (NZ) was knocked down to me for $99,000 incl GST.

She is a super athlete out of a stake’s winning Thorn Park mare in Saigon Tea (NZ). Saigon Tea has thrown a filly by I Am Invincible named Saigon which has won four races including two in Sydney with one of these wins being her most recent start.

Shalaa has done a great job and is currently 2nd on the Australian 2YO Premiership. This is a great effort for a first season sire. Shalaa is by Invincible Spirit as is I Am Invincible the sire of Saigon.

There is a lot to like here with the second dam Boulevardofdreams being the Champion 3YO of NZ in 2003/04.
I will be paying the filly up for the Inglis Series. She is also BOBS eligible and Super VOBIS Nominated.

Patrick Payne gets the filly to train.

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Bay filly       Foaled 1st October 2019 

SHALAA (IRE) Invincible SpiritGreen DesertDanzig
GhurraWar ChantDanzig
Thorn ParkSpinning World (USA)Nureyev
JoyBluebird (USA)
BoulevardofdreamsDaggers Drawn (USA)Diesis
FaustinaSackford (USA)

SHALAA (IRE) (Bay 2013-Stud France 2017, Aust. 2017). 6 wins-5 at 2-at 6f, Newmarket Middle Park S., Gr.1. Out of a half-sister to SW Hayil. Sire of 120 rnrs, 42 wnrs, inc. SW No Speak Alexander (Curragh Athasi S., Gr.3), King Shalaa, SP Legal Attack, Saeiqa and of Favaritx, Magic Sound, My Swallow, Talabaat, etc. His oldest Aust.-bred progeny are 2YOs and inc SW Shaquero (ATC Breeders' P., Gr.3), SP Hunnam, Nice for What, Tayla's Moment and of Cheerful Legend, Saasmit, Tidal Impact, etc.


1st dam

SAIGON TEA (NZ), by Thorn Park. 7 wins from 1400m to 2400m, NZ$9,450, A$337,960, ATC Christmas Cup, L, Horsepower Feeds & Supplements H., TAB Rewards H., TAB Early Quaddie H., Warwick Farm H., 2d VRC Swisse Wellness Trophy H., ATC TAB Rewards H.-twice, Alpha Flight Services H., Hyland Race Colours H., 3d ATC So You Think Yearlings P., Drummond Golf H., Theraces.com.au H., Hyland Race Colours H. This is her third living foal. Dam of 2 foals to race, inc:-

 Saigon (f by I Am Invincible) 4 wins to 1550m, A$180,960, to 2020-21, ATC Ranvet H., Sky Racing Active H., 2d ATC TAB H., Hawkesbury RC Blakes Marine H., 3d ATC Sky Racing Active H.


2nd dam

BOULEVARDOFDREAMS, by Daggers Drawn (USA). Champion 3YO in NZ in 2003-04 (Int.). 4 wins from 1600m to 2200m, NZ$121,925, A$67,400, ARC Championship S., Gr.2, Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier, Avondale JC Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier, Cambridge Thoroughbred Sales 3YO H., 3d AJC Australian Oaks, Gr.1, ARC Ellerslie on TV One H., Speights H., WRC Summer Cup. Dam of 6 named foals, 4 to race, all winners, inc:-

SAIGON TEA (f Thorn Park) 7 wins. See above.

 I Walk Alone. Winner at 2000m in NZ.

 Masterson. Winner at 2000m in Aust.

 Dolce Bella. Winner at 2 in NZ. Dam of 2 winners-

 Red Jewel Girl. 2 wins at 1450m, 2000m, A$79,030, to 2020-21, 3d MRC (Mornington) Steller.com.au P.

 Mongolian Wings. 2 wins at 1400m, 1550m in 2020-21, 4th ARC Gingernuts Salver, L.


3rd dam

FAUSTINA, by Sackford (USA). Unplaced. Dam of 7 named foals, 5 to race, 3 winners, inc:-

BOULEVARDOFDREAMS (f Daggers Drawn) 4 wins. See above.

 Roman Justice. 5 wins from 1200m to 1600m, Waikato RC Alert Glass H., 2d ARC Barfoot & Thompson H.

 Our Only Vice. 4 wins from 1600m to 2500m, MVRC City Festival H., 2d MVRC Guinness Have You Seen the Dark H., Koko's H.

 Bosie O'Reilly. Placed at 3, 3d ATC Mightylagg Services P. Dam of-

 Citrus Burst. Winner at 1200m in 2020-21 in Aust.


4th dam

SUMMER LUCK, by Balmerino. Unplaced. Half-sister to BI-CENTENNIAL,  Fluoride (dam of VICTORY SMILE). Dam of 9 named foals, 8 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

 Summer Leah. 3 wins from 2100m to 2400m, SAJC Ryan & Williams H., 2d SAJC Handicap, TAB Teletext H., One Singular Sensation H., Bonnetts Saddlery H., Power Dive H., 3d SAJC Schweppervescence H. Dam of 2 winners-

 Tracerline. Placed at 3 in Aust. Dam of 5 winners-

 Bella Leah. 7 wins to 1100m, A$259,080, SAJC Allan Scott Park Morphettville Flying H., Air Diffusion Agencies H., Flight Centre H., Modern Home H., Schweppes H., Oakbank RC Coopers Shillabeer H., 2d SAJC Jan Grantham Memorial H., Veolia H., Adelaide Galvanising Boxing Day H., Boag's Draught H., 3d SAJC Bang & Olufsen H., Allan Scott Park Morphettville Flying H.-3 times. Producer.


5th dam

Ngapuke, by Sobig. 4 wins-3 at 2-at 6f, 8¾f, ARC Nursery H., 2d ARC Royal S. Sister to Zandra, half-sister to AJASCO (dam of SILVER LINER, CONCERT),  Miss Bruce (dam of MANASCO). Dam of 8 foals, 6 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

BI-CENTENNIAL (c Karayar) 6 wins from 1600m to 2400m, STC WJ McKell Cup, AJC Hydrogen Welter H., Frank Dalton H., STC Padstow S., 4th Newcastle Cup.

 Zamahill. Winner at 2000m, VRC January H. Producer.

 Fluoride. Raced once. Dam of 4 winners-

VICTORY SMILE (g Victory Dance) 8 wins from 1600m to 2400m, NZ$105,375, A$589,600, AJC Metropolitan H., Gr.1, SCTC Caloundra City Cup, L, ARC Lion Red H., Avondale JC Function Centre H., BOP RC J Swap Contractors H., Counties RC Versatile Buildings H., 2d ARC Queen Elizabeth H., Gr.2, Taranaki Cup, Gr.3, Ipswich Cup, Gr.3, Avondale JC New Zealand Bloodstock H., 3d Ipswich Cup, Gr.3, ARC HIH Insurance Classic, L, SCTC Caloundra City Cup, L, Whangarei Cup, 4th Whangarei RC Northland Breeders' S., L.