Shima Current pictured with handler Rickii Lee Church 📷 Jason McKeown

  • Tuesday, 03 Oct, 2023,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Shima Current a ‘shining’ talent

Breeding luminary David Gleeson had extra reason to be excited about his promising youngster Shima Current’s scorching victory at The Meadows on Saturday night.

Gleeson appears to have another prodigious talent on his hands and the flying Best Of Night performance was even more satisfying for the 2019 Ken Carr medallist, with Shima Current a son of his former superstar Shima Shine.

Not two until November 9, Shima Current, trained by Tom Dailly, claimed his sixth win from 16 starts, and third from his past four, when leading all-the-way in 29.669sec in the 525m FFA.

It was Shima Current’s fourth win from eight starts at The Meadows, smashing his previous PB of 29.995sec; his dominant front-running exhibition highlighted by sizzling 5.00sec and 17.53sec sections.

“He does remind me of Shima Shine in the sense that he’s got the speed. He has electric pace this dog!”

“I really think he’s got a big future; he’s so dynamic,” said Gleeson.

“I think he’s the real deal because I love dogs that keep improving and learning. He’s just kept coming forward, it’s been unbelievable.

“The first time he showed up was when he ran second to Mackenna in a maiden final at Sandown. Look where’s Mackenna’s gone. She’ll go close to winning the Million Dollar Chase.

“He came out nice and clean on Saturday, running 5 ‘dead’ to the post, what he ran down the back was very quick and then he’s run-home in 12.14sec.

“Early on, his run-home was a bit weak – around 12.49sec – but if you go as quick early as he did on Saturday and run-home like that, it will take you a long way.

WATCH: “Look at the time. Look at the time!” SHIMA CURRENT (B4) was a brilliant all-the-way winner at The Meadows on Saturday night, clocking a BON 29.67sec.

“He’s just got bigger and stronger and grown into his body. When he first started to race he was around 30 kilograms and on Saturday he was 32.6. He’s put on more muscle.

“He’s gone from flyweight, to lightweight, and now he’s in the welterweight class!”

With the understandable desire to race his dual G1 winner’s progeny, Gleeson purchased four pups from Mick Carter, two out of Swift Current (Shima Current and Shima Stripe) and two out of Lilly Fox (Shima Steel and Shima Lite).

“I didn’t have any bitches I could use with Shima Shine, so I was looking for something,” Gleeson explained.

“When they were breaking-in, there wasn’t much between Shima Current and Shima Stripe. ‘Stripe’ was actually leading the way for a while.

“Shima Current’s overall time on Saturday was identical to what Shima Shine ran in the Topgun (2020). Shima Shine ran 5.05sec early and 17.58sec up the back.

“He does remind me of Shima Shine in the sense that he’s got the speed. He has electric pace this dog!”

Shima Current in action at The Meadows  📷 Jason McKeown

Gleeson is delighted with the flying start to Shima Shine’s stud career, also pointing to boom Queensland stayer Valpolicella, brilliant winner of her past seven starts over 710m and 600m at Albion Park.

“His pups have already won about 250 races and they’re just starting to come,” he said.

“Valpolicella is going terrific for Tony Zammit in Queensland and there was a dog called Mepunga Shine, bred by Barry Smith, which ran 29.65sec at Sandown on Sunday. He’s won four from five and is only 19 months old.”

Saturday night got even better for Gleeson (and Team Dailly), with Shima Shadow, a Bernardo x Shima Song half-brother to Shima Shine, completing a race-to-race double for the celebrated owner/trainer combination.

Shima Shadow also secured his third win from his past four starts, clocking a new Meadows PB of 29.82sec, the second quickest run at the meeting and only other sub-30sec performance.

“Shima Shadow was the king for a while, but it looks like he’s been deposed!” Gleeson laughed.

Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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