Sire: SHAMARDAL (USA)
Dam: ELFIN LAUGHTER (GB)
Dam Sire: ALZAO (USA)
Currently in foal: no
Foal at foot: no
The 12-year-old Shamardal mare Ellasha is offered for sale.
A straight and correct individual bred by the Highclere Stud, she was an 80,000gns Book 1 yearling that won as a three-year-old in Germany; she has since gone on to prove her worth as a breeding animal several times over.
Ellasha has produced two winners from three runners so far, most notably the Authorized gelding Counterproof. He won a Wolverhampton maiden over an extended nine-furlongs for John Gosden in the Godolphin blue, having previously sold for €135,000 at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale in 2013. Far from a one hit wonder, Ellasha's 2016 Dark Angel filly Victoria Peak realised 280,000gns at Tattersalls Book 2 in 2017, whilst her unraced 2013 son by Dark Angel sold for 160,000gns at the same sale four years earlier.
Such impressive results are unsurprising after a brief glance at the page. Ellasha is a half-sister to the Listed winner Smirk, whilst another winning sibling Cartoon has gone on to produce the Grp-2 Lancashire Oaks heroine Lady Tiana and the Listed Stand Cup Stakes victor Blakeney Point.
Her appeal is unlikely to diminish any time soon as her sire Shamardal is enjoying a sensational 2019.
The outstanding juvenile Pinatubo and dual Royal Ascot Grp-1 winner Blue Point have ensured that he has been in the headlines season long, but his exploits as a broodmare sire are also worthy of comment. This season alone his mares have accounted for the Grp-1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Hello Youmzain and the Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood, whilst a stellar 2018 was highlighted by the Irish Derby victory of Latrobe and the Grp-1 Prix Morny success of Pretty Pollyana.
Ellasha boasts not only commercial value and a winning record, but she has demonstrated herself to be an easy breeder throughout her career, going in foal at the first attempt every time. She was not covered this year but has a colt foal by El Kabeir and a yearling filly by Gutaifan waiting in the wings.
With a high-class page, a very smart track record on course and in the sales ring, and with some exciting young stock yet to emerge, the future looks very bright for Ellasha. She looks a steal at just £4,000 - surely you don't want to miss out!
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