Thursday, October 29, 2009


Some folk have a tendency to get very excited when their horses win, but in over 30 years of watching owners watch races, very few surpass the enthusiasm of leading Tasmanian owner/breeder Alwyn Shaw.
Alwyn, who heads up the massive construction firm, Shaw Contracting, is also the proprietor of Aceland Stud at Whitemore and has a large band of broodmares – incredibly large actually given that he a relative newcomer to the industry.
At least he doesn’t have to worry about paying a service fee for one of his top mares following the victory of Money Angel in the Eliza Park Oaks Trial at Bendigo yesterday (28 October).
Money Angel’s win – assisted by a brilliant front running ride from a very much in-form Craig Williams – saw Alwyn and his wife Judy presented with a service nomination to Champion Victorian Sire, Bel Esprit as a special bonus to winning connections.
Alwyn was very excited following the heart stopping final stages, revealing that he had purchased the Street Cry filly for $40,000 at last year’s Inglis Sydney Classic.
Although it’s unlikely that the filly will contest next week’s VRC Oaks-G1 at Flemington, as this is her first campaign and her fifth run since early September, the connections have high hopes for Money Angel in interstate Oaks next autumn.
‘Ace’ Shaw is one of those larger than life characters and a full profile will appear in the November issue of Eliza Park Insider. Click here to sign up for your free subscription.

Photos courtesy of Slickpix

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