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Shergar Link To Freedmans' Latest German Stayer
Lee and Anthony Freedman are set to add another German import to their Victorian stable in the form of German Derby hopeful Shimrano, reports racing.com. Owned by Australian interests, Shimrano scored an easy 2.5-length win in the Listed Derby Trial (2200m) at Hannover on Monday and will now head towards the German Derby to be run on the first Sunday in July. "It's very exciting for the crew, who are predominantly the owners of Our Ivanhowe, to win the German Derby Trial and hopefully they can go in with a live chance in the German Derby now," Freedman told RSNs Racing Ahead yesterday. "He was a very promising two-year-old... he won his first start in a 1600m maiden by a big distance. The thing that appealed to us also was the fact he's by Monsun, who of course has sired the past two Melbourne Cup winners," Freedman said, referring to Fiorente (2013) and Protectionist (2014). He added: "Being a two-year-old there was no point in bringing him out here so the view was to run him right through until the German Derby and then make some decisions. Any number of things could happen (after the German Derby) but I believe the initial response is that he will eventually come to Australia." The beautifully bred Shimrano boasts a fascinating pedigree. He is out of a Daylami half-sister to the Aga Khan's Gr1 Gran Premio di Milano winner Shamdala and is a direct descendant of Sharmeen, the dam of legendary English & Irish Derby winner Shergar. Owned by the Aga Khan, Shergar is thought to have been kidnapped by the IRA in 1983 and killed after a £2 million ransom demand stalled. His remains have never been found.