Superstar Shima Shine was recently anointed the ‘successor’ to retired champion Simon Told Helen’s sprint throne.
And he’s acceded to greyhound racing’s ‘royal seat’ in a style befitting of a king!
The dual Group 1 winner revealed why he’s Australia’s No. 1 sprinting monarch with a track record-breaking win in a Group 2 Horsham Cup heat (485m) this afternoon.
Contesting the last of five heats, Shima Shine ($1.30F) clocked a scintillating 26.79sec, which sliced 0.08sec off the previous mark of 26.87sec set by Orson Allen on March 9, 2019.
Trained by Andrea Dailly, Shima Shine – whose younger half-sister Shima Classic will contest tomorrow night’s G1 TAB Australian Cup final at The Meadows – now holds three track records.
He also holds the time standard at Warragul 460m (25.19sec) and Bendigo 425m (23.35sec).
Winner of the G1 Topgun and G1 Gold Bullion – and a six-time G1 finalist – Shima Shine (Nov ’17 Barcia Bale x Shima Song) notched his 31st win from 51 starts.
He was also a finalist in the 2019 Million Dollar Chase.
The $67,000 Horsham Cup final will be held on Saturday 6 March, the first leg of greyhound racing’s inaugural ‘Western Festival of Racing’.
HEAT WINNERS (Fastest to slowest)
26.79sec Shima Shine
27.09sec Jax Bale
27.11sec Jim Zarr Dashian
27.14sec Fabriola Zad
27.26sec Aston Cade
WATCH: SHIMA SHINE (2) lowers Orson Allen’s track record by almost 1.5 lengths, clocking a sensational 26.79sec despite being challenged by MR. AMERICA (1).
WATCH: FABRIOLA ZAD (1) was shuffled back to the rear before weaving his way through the pack and scoring in 27.14sec over BAROOGA SMOKE (2).
Photos by Clint Anderson
WATCH: ASTON CADE (2) lost plenty of ground before taking full advantage of Horsham’s long home straight to score a last-stride win over GOTHAM DUKE (7) in 27.26sec.
WATCH: JIM ZARR DASHIAN (2) dug deep to win in the impressive time of 27.11sec after AUSSIE SECRET (8) threw down the challenge to him mid-race.
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