Smiling Shard

1:53.7 - $1,178,793. Bay Horse foaled 2006. 15 Hands

Smiling Shard was a simply outstanding two year old winning three Group One races across New Zealand and Australia.

When he won the Harness Jewels in 1:53.7 he became the fastest ever male performer in New Zealand – regardless of age!

As a three-year-old Smiling Shard and Dexter won the rich New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Open Final and the Northern Stakes. He narrowly missed becoming a double Australasian Breeders Crown champion finishing second in the Final.

In the ensuing two seasons the champion duo starred in the free-for-all ranks winning back-to-back Kaikoura Cups, the Ashburton Cup, running second in the Hunter Cup, Taylor Mile and the Franklin Cup and third in the NZ 4yo Jewels and the Interdominion Grand Final at Addington behind the champions Im Themightyquinn and Blacks A Fake.

His driver Dexter Dunn described him as “the most natural two-year-old I’ve driven. Beautifully gaited and a beautiful horse to drive” and went on to say “Of all the horses I’ve driven he’d have the biggest heart.”

  • NZ 2yo of the year. Won the NZ Jewels in 1:53.7 as a 2yo.
  • Won two Kaikoura Cups, ran 2nd in the Hunter Cup and 3rd in the Interdom Grand Final to Im Themightyquinn and Blacks A Fake.
  • One of three millionaires sired by Grinfromeartoear.
  • An exciting pedigree being bred 3x3 to Abercrombie and 3x3 to Blue Horizon. Carries 3 strains of the great “Golden Miss” siring family.

 

AUS Pay On Pos Test: TBA
 

Standing at Medowie Lodge. All bookings to Darren Reay

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Smiling Shard's oldest progeny are yearlings in 2015/16.

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Time
2 17 8 5 3 $596,373 1:53.7
3 12 6 3 0 $249,239 1:58.1
4 14 2 4 4 $266,331 1:59.9
5 7 1 3 0 $66,850 1:59.8
Total 50 17 15 7 $1,178,793  
At 2 Won Ht, Semi Final and Final Australasian Breeders Crown (Gr.1), Harness Jewels 2yo Emerald (Gr.1), Ht and Final NZ Sires Stakes (Gr.1), PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Southern Graduate; 2nd NZ Welcome Stakes (Gr.1), PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series Open Final (L), Ht NZ Sires Stakes, Ht Young Guns; 3rd Ht Young Guns (twice), PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Graduate.
At 3 Won PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series Open Final (L), Northern 3yo Stakes (L), Ht NSW Derby (4th in Final (Gr.1)), repechage and Semi Final Australasian Breeders Crown (2nd in Final (Gr.1)); 2nd Elsu Classic (Gr.2)
At 4 Won Kaikoura Cup (Gr.2); 2nd AG Hunter Cup (Gr.1), Taylor Mile (Gr.1), Pelorus 4YO Classic (Gr.2); 3rd Ht and Final Inter Dominion (Gr.1), Harness Jewels 4yo Emerald (Gr.1)
At 5 Won Kaikoura Cup (Gr.2); 2nd Franklin Cup (Gr.2), New Brighton Cup (Gr.3), Canterbury Classic (Gr.3).
Grinfromeartoear
1996
Artsplace
1988
ABERCROMBIE
1975
Silent Majority
1969
Henry T Adios
Hobby Horse Tar
Bergdorf
1967
Duane Hanover
Princess Best
Miss Elvira
1982
ALBATROSS
1968
MEADOW SKIPPER
Voodoo Hanover
Ladalia Hanover
1975
Columbia George
Lady Kacne
Smile Upon
1983
Storm Damage
1977
Bret Hanover
1962
Adios
Brenna Hanover
Breath O Spring
1953
Worthy Boy
Lady Scotland
BLUE HORIZON
1976
MEADOW SKIPPER
1960
Dale Frost
Countess Vivian
Shifting Scene
1970
Race Time
Shifting Sands
Sly Shard
2000
Panorama
1981
ABERCROMBIE
1975
Silent Majority
1969
Henry T Adios
Hobby Horse Tar
Bergdorf
1967
Duane Hanover
Princess Best
BLUE HORIZON
1976
MEADOW SKIPPER
1960
Dale Frost
Contess Vivian
Shifting Scene
1970
Race Time
Shifting Sands
Sly Soky
1986
Soky's Atom
1979
ALBATROSS
1968
MEADOW SKIPPER
Voodoo Hanover
Soky's Seal
1972
Adios Vic
Miss Creedabelle
Sly Tabella
1982
Saigon
1974
Strike Out
Dreamers Sis
Sly Kiwi
1971
Sly Yankee
Kiwi Direct

Smiling Shard has a very unique pedigree being bred 3 x 3 to both Abercrombie and Blue Horizon, a grand-daughter of outstanding broodmare Shifting Sands, who in turn is a daughter of the blue hen Golden Miss.

This opens up a lot of possibilities for Smiling Shard as mares with doses of Golden Miss should prove very good match ups.

So mares by stallions such as Safely Kept, Rocknroll Hanover, Rustler Hanover, Red River Hanover, Mystical Prince, Americas Pastime, Jr Mint, etc are could be well suited to Smiling Shard.

In addition when looking at what mares may suit Smiling Shard it is important to look at what mares Grinfromeartoear has worked well with.

Grinfromeartoear has also achieved a lot of success with Jate Lobell line mares, especially in the US.

Jate Lobell stallions include Safely Kept, Village Jasper, Caprock and Davids Pass.

Safely Kept, as mentioned above, is from the Golden Miss family so his daughters should be great matchups for Smiling Shard.

Of course mares by other No Nukes line stallions such as Western Ideal, Live Or Die, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, American Ideal, Jeremes Jet, Ticket To Heaven, Barnett Hanover, Union Guy, Kinney Hanover, Northern Lights and Die Laughing should also be a good match for Smiling Shard.

Also of note is that 2 of Grinfromeartoear’s 11 sub 1:50 performers are out of Direct Scooter line mares, plus the Group One winner Grinnersrwinners is also out of a Direct Scooter line mare.

This could mean that Smiling Shard will also achieve good results downunder with mares by the likes of In The Pocket, Christian Cullen, Mach Three, Stoneridge Scooter, Ok Bye, Deal Direct and Direct Flight.

Grinfromeartoear has enjoyed success with Falcon Seelster mares producing stakeswinners in both hemispheres bred on this cross. So if you own a Falcon Seelster mare, make sure to consider Smiling Shard.

Many of Grinfromeartoear’s best American performers are out of mares with a prominent dose of Albatross with Banner Yankee being out of a B Gs Bunny Mare and Geartogear, Putasmileon and Blue Burner all having a second dam by Albatross. Thus it will not surprising to see Smiling Shard crossing well with mares with Albatross in their pedigree.

Cam Fella line mares have also worked well with Grinfromeartoear and thus could also work with Smiling Shard. In the USA this cross has produced Grin Some More and Red Star Biggirl. Cam Fella line stallions downunder include Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Bettors Delight, Presidential Ball, Precious Bunny, Pacific Fella, Camtastic, Cameleon, Brioso Hanover, Exotic Earl, etc.

Any mare by a Most Happy Fella line stallion (Troublemaker, Smooth Fella, etc) should also cross well with Smiling Shard as this Artsplace / Most Happy Fella cross has left many good racehorses all over the world.