Great effort by first starter, Shabamalam to score over 1020m at Doomben on Wednesday (23 June).
The Barry Baldwin trained 3YO was bred by Jonel Park Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd in Queensland and is out of the Ashkalani mare, White River.
Bel Esprit has obviously thrown quite a deal of speed into this filly as her dam, White River, won over 1900m and is a half sister to Brisbane Cup-G1 winner Sheer Kingston.
Brian Donohoe, Bel Esprit blog keeper, suggests that Shabamalam is named after a type of ‘salmon’, and extensive internet research is yet to prove him wrong.
It would make good sense given that the Shabamalam is out of White River and ‘red caviar’ comes from salmon.
Shabamalam might have a long way to go to catch up to Black Caviar, but winning in the city on debut is a good start!