Shogun Lodge

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Shogun Lodge
Sire Grand Lodge (USA)
Dam Pride of Tahnee
Damsire Best Western
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1996
Country Australia
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Mr I. Millard, Mrs A. Millard
Trainer Bob Thomsen
Record 58: 13-12-8
Earnings A$4,640,314
Major wins
George Main Stakes (1999)
Epsom Handicap (2000)
Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001)
Last updated on 5 June 2009

Shogun Lodge (25 September 1996 – 8 November 2003) was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse who won three Group One races, and had each of his 58 starts in Group races. He was a chestnut gelding by Grand Lodge (USA) out of the unraced mare Pride of Tahnee (Best Western-Tahnee's Pride), who also produced the Group One winners Singing The Blues (by Blues Traveller (IRE)) and Referral (by Dr Grace).[1]

Racing career[edit]

Shogun Lodge made a winning debut in the Listed Canonbury Stakes at Randwick on 3 October 1998, and won three of his four starts prior to the Golden Slipper, in which he started favourite and finished a close third.[2] At three and four, Shogun Lodge won his Group One races, the Epsom Handicap, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the George Main Stakes, in which he defeated the champion mare Sunline. Shogun Lodge won stakes races at two, three, four, five, and seven, and prize money of $4,640,315. In addition, Shogun Lodge was runner-up in 12 Group One races, including the Doncaster Handicap (twice) and the Victoria and AJC Derbies, and, since the introduction of the Group system in the late-1970s, few if any horses have been runner-up in more. These 12 races included defeats by the champions Northerly, Sunline, and Lonhro, and he lost three races by a short-half-head. In one of his greatest performances, Shogun Lodge was beaten by Sunline in head-bobbing finish to the 2002 Doncaster Handicap, in which both horses carried topweight of 58 kilos, and gave 6.5 kilos to Defier, who went on to win three Group One races at weight-for-age. At his next start, in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Shogun Lodge ran one of his worst races, finishing second-last, and, in an 'ominous' sign, was found to have had an 'irregular heart reading'.[3]

After his first and only winless season at six, Shogun Lodge won the City Tatt's Lightning Handicap first-up as a seven-year-old (coincidentally, over the same course as his debut win, five years earlier), and was sent to Flemington for two further races. In the early stages of the second of these races, the Emirates Stakes, Shogun Lodge suffered a fatal heart attack.[4] His upset trainer, Bob Thomsen, said 'Oh God... I've probably handled the best horse this country's ever had. The best horse ever to put his head through a bridle was Tulloch and I handled him... his heart weighed 14-and-a-half (pounds)... I'll tell you what, Shogun wasn't far behind him...'[5]

Race record[edit]

1998-99 season as a two year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
Won 03 Oct 1998 Canonbury Stakes Randwick LR 1000 m 53 J. Marshall 2nd - Passmore
4th 13 Feb 1999 Silver Slipper Stakes Rosehill G2 1100 m 55.5 J. Marshall 1st - Passmore
Won 06 Mar 1999 Skyline Stakes Rosehill G3 1200 m 55.5 S. Dye 2nd - High Rolling
Won 20 Mar 1999 Pago Pago Stakes Rosehill G2 1200 m 55.5 J. Marshall 2nd - High Rolling
3rd 27 Mar 1999 Golden Slipper Rosehill G1 1200 m 55.5 J. Marshall 1st - Catbird
5th 05 Apr 1999 Sires Produce Stakes Randwick G1 1400 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Align
3rd 17 Apr 1999 Champagne Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Quick Star
1999-00 season as a three year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
4th 07 Aug 1999 San Domenico Stakes Randwick G2 1000 m 55 S. Dye 1st - Testa Rossa
4th 21 Aug 1999 Up and Coming Stakes Warwick Farm G2 1200 m 54 S. Dye 1st - Testa Rossa
3rd 04 Sep 1999 Ming Dynasty Quality Randwick LR 1400 m 58.5 S. Dye 1st - Hire
Won 16 Sep 1999 Spring Stakes Newcastle G3 1600 m 54 S. Dye 2nd - Perfect Paradise
Won 25 Sep 1999 George Main Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 49.5 S. Dye 2nd - Sunline
2nd 02 Oct 1999 Spring Champion Stakes Randwick G1 2000 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Fairway
4th 16 Oct 1999 Norman Robinson Stakes Caulfield G3 2000 m 57.5 S. Dye 1st - Blackfriars
2nd 30 Oct 1999 Victoria Derby Flemington G1 2500 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Blackfriars
5th 26 Feb 2000 Royal Sovereign Stakes Randwick G2 1200 m 57.5 S. Dye 1st - Hire
4th 11 Mar 2000 Hobartville Stakes Warwick Farm G2 1400 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Fairway
6th 25 Mar 2000 Canterbury Guineas Canterbury G1 1900 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Fairway
Won 15 Apr 2000 Tulloch Stakes Rosehill G2 2000 m 55.5 S. Dye 2nd - Now Voyager
2nd 22 Apr 2000 Australian Derby Randwick G1 2400 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Fairway
5th 6 May 2000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Randwick G1 2000 m 55.5 S. Dye 1st - Georgie Boy
Won 17 May 2000 A D Hollindale Stakes Gold Coast G2 1800 m 55.5 S. Dye 2nd - Integrate
2000-01 season as a four year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
3rd 09 Sep 2000 Theo Marks Stakes Rosehill G2 1300 m 55.5 D. Beasley 1st - Hire
5th 23 Sep 2000 George Main Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 57.5 D. Oliver 1st - Adam
Won 02 Oct 2000 Epsom Handicap Randwick G1 1600 m 56 G. Boss 2nd - Landsighting
2nd 14 Oct 2000 Yalumba Stakes Caulfield G1 2000 m 57 D. Oliver 1st - Sky Heights
11th 28 Oct 2000 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G1 2040 m 56.5 D. Oliver 1st - Sunline
5th 02 Dec 2000 Festival Stakes Rosehill LR 1300 m 59 G. Boss 1st - Adam
8th 17 Dec 2000 Hong Kong Cup Sha Tin G1 2000 m 57 S. Dye 1st - Fantastic Light
Won 17 Mar 2001 Canterbury Stakes Canterbury G2 1200 m 57.5 G. Boss 2nd - Assertive Lad
2nd 31 Mar 2001 George Ryder Stakes Rosehill Won 1500 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Landsighting
2nd 14 Apr 2001 Doncaster Handicap Randwick Won 1600 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Assertive Lad
Won 28 Apr 2001 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Randwick Won 2000 m 58 G. Boss 2nd - Go Flash Go
Won 16 May 2001 A D Hollindale Stakes Gold Coast G2 1800 m 58 G. Boss 2nd - Camarena
2nd 26 May 2001 Doomben Cup Doomben Won 2020 m 58 G. Boss 1st - King Keitel
2001-02 season as a five year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
3rd 18 Aug 2001 Warwick Stakes Warwick Farm G2 1300 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Lonhro
Won 08 Sep 2001 Theo Marks Stakes Rosehill G2 1300 m 60 G. Boss 2nd - Fouardee
2nd 22 Sep 2001 George Main Stakes Warwick Farm G1 1600 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Viscount
2nd 13 Oct 2001 Yalumba Stakes Caulfield G1 2000 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Northerly
7th 01 Dec 2001 Festival Stakes Rosehill LR 1400 m 60 D. Beadman 1st - Nanny Maroon
5th 16 Dec 2001 Hong Kong Mile Sha Tin G1 1600 m 57 S. Dye 1st - Eishin Preston
3rd 02 Mar 2002 Canterbury Stakes Canterbury G2 1200 m 57.5 G. Boss 1st - Empire
2nd 16 Mar 2002 George Ryder Stakes Rosehill G1 1500 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Lord Essex
2nd 30 Mar 2002 Doncaster Handicap Randwick G1 1600 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Sunline
12th 13 Apr 2002 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Randwick G1 2000 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Defier
2002-03 season as a six year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
3rd 17 Aug 2002 Premiere Stakes Rosehill G2 1200 m 57.5 P. Payne 1st - Century Kid
4th 07 Sep 2002 Chelmsford Stakes Randwick G2 1600 m 58 C. Brown 1st - Lonhro
5th 28 Sep 2002 George Main Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 58 C. Brown 1st - Defier
9th 05 Oct 2002 Epsom Handicap Randwick G1 1600 m 58 G. Boss 1st - Excellerator
4th 01 Mar 2003 Frederick Clissold Stakes Rosehill G3 1200 m 60 H. Bowman 1st - Gordo
2nd 15 Mar 2003 Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm G1 1600 m 58 H. Bowman 1st - Lonhro
6th 05 Apr 2003 George Ryder Stakes Rosehill G1 1500 m 58 H. Bowman 1st - Lonhro
7th 26 Apr 2003 All Aged Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 58 P. Payne 1st - Arlington Road
6th 10 May 2003 A D Hollindale Stakes Gold Coast G2 1800 m 58 S. Seamer 1st - Bush Padre
7th 24 May 2003 Doomben Cup Doomben G1 2200 m 58 S. Seamer 1st - Bush Padre
2003-04 season as a seven year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
Won 18 Oct 2003 City Tattersalls Lightning Hcp Randwick LR 1000 m 61 R. Quinn 2nd - Marchioness
3rd 01 Nov 2003 Yallambee Stud Stakes Flemington G3 1400 m 58.5 G. Boss 1st - Scenic Peak
Died 08 Nov 2003 Emirates Stakes Flemington G1 1600 m 56.5 G. Boss 1st - Titanic Jack

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Shogun Lodge (Aus)
Sire
Grand Lodge (USA)
1991
Chief's Crown (USA)
1982
Danzig (USA)
1977
Northern Dancer (Can)
Pas de Nom (USA)
Six Crowns (USA)
1976
Secretariat (USA)
Chris Evert (USA)
La Papagena (GB)
1983
Habitat (USA)
1966
Sir Gaylord (USA)
Little Hut (USA)
Magic Flute (GB)
1968
Tudor Melody (GB)
Filigrana (GB)
Dam
Pride Of Tahnee (Aus)
1984
Best Western (Aus)
1978
Bletchingly (Aus)
1970
Biscay (Aus)
Coogee (GB)
Grease Paint (Aus)
1970
Raimondo (Fr)
Better Half (Aus)
Tahnee's Pride (Aus)
1979
Boucher (USA)
1969
Ribot (GB)
Glamour (USA)
Swiftly Ann (Aus)
1972
Swiftly Morgan (USA)
Dulcieann (Aus)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.racingandsports.com.au/breeding/rsNewsArt.asp?NID=127174
  2. ^ ASB - Shogun Lodge Retrieved on 6 June 2009
  3. ^ [1] (includes photographs)
  4. ^ [2] One big heart fails, others break
  5. ^ The Age - Shogun shock mars big race Retrieved on 6 June 2009