Shilling offer woos Delane
Garry Delane and Shilling. Pic: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany trainer-owner Garry Delane is weighing up whether to accept a six-figure offer from Hong Kong for his talented three-year-old colt Shilling.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse paid $340,000 for the son of Stratum at the 2012 Sydney Easter yearling sale.

He had three trials for Waterhouse, but did not race until he was transferred to Delane's Albany stable where he won brilliantly second-up.

The half-brother to Group 3 winner Viking Hero won over 1300m at Belmont three starts ago.

He ran 12th to Tick Tick Bloom in last Saturday week's Belmont Guineas (1600m).

"I have spent a lot of time with this horse rubbing up his legs," Delane said.

"He is such a nice horse you can't help but get a bit emotional. He came here with a severe suspensory tear, but there has been no indication of any problem at his six runs.

"They have looked at a list of 20 horses and he is the one they want.

"He became stirred up in the mounting yard and was off his game last start.

"I will give the offer serious consideration."

Meanwhile, Magnifisio yesterday tuned up for her first-up clash with Barakey and Smoko in Saturday week's Beaufine Stakes (1000m) with a comfortable 950m trial win at Lark Hill.

Jockey Jason Brown allowed the four-year-old mare to cruise behind the pacemaker Rouge Dior, before switching her to the outside to stroll home in 56.73sec., the fastest time of the day.


  • Shane Edwards will learn his fate in the near future, with stewards determining penalties for four charges laid against the trainer in relation to his dealings with horses exported to Singapore.

Stewards have found Edwards guilty of engaging in conduct prejudicial to the image of racing; giving a misleading statement to investigator Phil O'Reilly; denying knowledge of transfers being signed for three horses; and nominating Splitsville for two meetings with no intention of starting.

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