Owner/breeders David Gleeson and Bob Cummings are hoping Shima Song can achieve something her mother, former star stayer Shimaguni, wasn’t able to do when she lines up in Saturday night’s Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic at Wentworth Park.
Shimaguni was a prodigiously talented stayer, however Group 1 glory eluded her in four attempts, being unfortunate to run into WA champion Miata when placed in both the Association Cup and Galaxy in early 2012.
“Shimaguni was fighting injuries when Miata came on the scene but while she didn’t win a Group 1 she was an unreal dog,” said David Gleeson, a Sandown GRC director since 1988.
“She won over all distances and won a couple of group races (AWM Distance Championship and Chairman’s Cup).
“Shima Song is from Shimaguni’s second litter to Dyna Tron. Her first litter to El Grand Senor were big, awkward dogs. They won a few races but none of them were outstanding. Her third litter to Barcia Bale have broken in extremely well – there looks like there’s a couple of crackerjack dogs in the litter – and hopefully she’s in pup again to Fernando Bale.
“There’s not a lot of speed drawn around her and when she led last week they weren’t able to make up any ground on her. In fact she ran away from them in the straight and Buck Forty, which was trying to run her down, is a strong dog” – DAVID GLEESON
“Bob Cummings and I have been breeding together for 30-35 years and we’ve never had a blue about dogs, which would be extremely rare. We agree to agree on everything!”
After winning the 2015 Peter Mosman with superstar Fernando Bale, Team Dailly will take aim at back-to-back victories with Shima Song, which was a surprise all-the-way semi-final winner, defeating fellow Victorian Buck Forty in 30.07sec.
While Shima Song, which has drawn box 3 for the Peter Mosman, is already a winner over 600m and looks destined to follow her dam Shimaguni down a staying path, Gleeson is optimistic about celebrating a Group 1 sprint victory on the way through.
“She’s not without a chance on Saturday night,” Gleeson said.
“There’s not a lot of speed drawn around her and when she led last week they weren’t able to make up any ground on her. In fact she ran away from them in the straight and Buck Forty, which was trying to run her down, is a strong dog.
WATCH: Shima Song from box 3 in a semi of the Peter Mosman Classic last Saturday night.
“We were a bit stiff with Shima Song’s brother, Shimatron, having a tumble in his semi-final, but fortunately he’s okay.
“I can’t really tell you at this point in time which one is better. Potentially Shimatron is the best in the litter but he’s still got his L plates on and does a lot of things wrong. Another pup called Nessa Shim, which is owned by the Daillys, is pretty good too.”
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