‘Shine’ has a Temlee sheen

\"\"Caption: Shima Shine and co-trainer George Dailly after victory in the 2020 Group 1 TAB Topgun (525m) at The Meadows (Photo: BlueStream Pictures)

Group 1 The Temlee (525m)

Best 8 by invitation

The Meadows, February 13

$100,000 to the winner

 

Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m)

Best 8 by invitation

The Meadows, February 13

$75,000 to the winner

 

Group 1 The Zoom Top (725m)

Best 8 by invitation

The Meadows, February 13

$75,000 to the winner

By DAVID BRASCH

DAVE Gleeson is the first to admit he\’s been around a bit and his memories of the legend race dog Temlee are as vivid as anyone\’s.

Temlee is honoured each year at The Meadows with a much sought-after Group 1 sprint open to the best 8 by invitation only.

He was so good. Invariably the greatest sprinters of any era are compared with Temlee at some time of their career.

\”In his era, Temlee was the most outstanding dog I have ever seen,\” said Dave Gleeson. “He was an Olympic Park specialist and held a track record there that stood for many, many years.

\”He was a very leggy dog and that is what he threw in most of his progeny. In fact, I can\’t remember any of his progeny not having a good deal of leg underneath them.

\”Venetian Court was the top sire of the time but when Temlee went to stud, he blew him out of the water.\”

Gleeson raced the great Temlee bitch Relle Louise so he too was a major beneficiary of Temlee\’s greatness.

But, Dave Gleeson and the Dailly family are on target to get some of their own Temlee magic via the great sprinter Shima Shine (Barcia Bale-Shima Song), the record breaking phenomenon and Group 1 Topgun winner.

\”We are protecting him to a degree these days, spacing his runs and targeting the feature events,\” said Dave. \”But, the Temlee is right up our alley for him.\”

Shima Shine is a freak as a race dog and only recently Gleeson and George Dailly have been collecting semen from the dog for an impending stud career.

This all comes after a near fall in the Melbourne Cup late last year saw Shima Shine suffer a severe back injury.

\”He hit the ground in the Cup final at the top corner and at one stage it was so severe he could not even cock his leg to take a pee,\” said Dave., \”I took him home and in three weeks of manipulation by my vet Des Fegan he was right again.\”

It resulted in his return to racing showing just what a great dog he is by smashing Aston Dee Bee\’s Warragul track record.

\”Yes,\” said Dave. \”We are collecting him from time to time and already have eight straws available at $2200. George Dailly is to be the studmaster.

\”He was cleared to start collecting and his potency is magnificent.\”

But Gleeson said there is no plan to halt Shima Shine\’s race career which also includes a track record at Ballarat and Bendigo, a second in the Million Dollar Chase and finals berths in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, Topgun and Silver Chief.

He has been in 10 Group finals.

Dave clearly remembers the day he took Shima Shine and three of his littermates to Sandown to be collected by Angela Dailly to be trained.

\”Angela always asks the kennel names of the pups,\” said Dave. \”I reeled off each of the names for the other three and when it came to Sam (Shima Shine) I told Andrea his kennel name was Group One.

\”She had a chuckle at that. But, now that he has become such a Group dog, he has virtually lost his kennel name of Sam and the Daillys just refer to him as Shine.

\”It suits him.\”

Dave Gleeson knows only too well the task Shima Shine will have taking on the greats of today in a race like The Temlee and then the Australian Cup, but he sees a similarity in his dog to the legend of the track and stud.

\”He\’s a lot like Temlee in that he is also very, very tall and is a quite long dog,\” said Dave.

\”Of course, we cannot compare dogs of today and those of another era. But even to be suggesting a dog is in a similar class as one so great as Temlee is a compliment.

\”And if Shima Shine can win a race like The Temlee … well that will be something.\”

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