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Casamento off to Sunnyhill Stud after promising start with jumps runners

Son of Shamardal is the source of exciting bumper winner Alright Sunshine

Casamento: first crop are four-year-olds
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Recent results have signalled that Casamento could be an effective source of jumpers and the son of Shamardal has duly been given a dual-purpose role at Michael Hickey's Sunnyhill Stud in County Kildare.

The Darley-owned stallion stood his first three seasons at Kildangan Stud and the next two at Dalham Hall Stud, before spending this year in Sweden.

His oldest crop are four-year-olds and his best runners are Gavin Cromwell's Prix de Royallieu winner Princess Yaiza, Mark Johnston's tough Listed scorer Communique and the Australian-based Kings Will Dream, who has finished placed in three Group 1 contests this year – including when a close third to Winx in the Turnbull Stakes.

Casamento has fielded three early winners in the jumps sphere, notably Alright Sunshine, who went into notebooks when easing to a five-length victory in a Carlisle bumper for Keith Dalgleish on his debut on Sunday.

The sire is also responsible for City Dreamer, a dual winner over hurdles for Alan King who finished second to the classy We Have A Dream in a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster last December, and Bournville, unbeaten in two starts in bumpers for Karl Burke.

“I'm very grateful to Darley for entrusting Casamento to us,” said Hickey. “He's a smashing looking horse with great limbs who stands 16.1 hands. He's got a lot of depth and is a good walker too.

“He's had only three crops of racing age but has supplied more than 100 winners and his offspring look tailor-made for the jumps.”

Casamento, who won the Beresford Stakes and Racing Post Trophy in his racecourse pomp, is a half-brother to Wana Doo, the dam of dual Group 1 hero and promising sire Toronado.

He will stand at Sunnyhill Stud alongside another Darley-owned Group 1 winner in Doyen and German Derby scorer Lucky Speed.


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