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Shellscrape Back Racing After Failed Stud Career

Group 1 winning sprinter Shellscrape will recommence his race career with Nikki Burke in 2013 after many foals belonging to the stallion’s first crop were born without tails.

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The multiple Group performed galloper arrives at Nikki Burke’s Cranbourne stables looking to build upon a career which included three Group wins, spearheaded by his Galaxy success of 2010.

His return to the racetrack as a six-year-old follows one season standing at Wattle Grove Stud where he covered 59 mares.

In what is considered a rare problem, many of Shellscrape’s foals which began dropping in August were born without tails.

By October, approximately 20 per cent of his progeny had a deformity at the dock with several vertebrae missing.

"One foal this week was born with a crooked tail, but some are born without one," stallion owner Geoff Grimish told The Australian at the time.

"We can't explain it but figure the cause of it might be genetic or toxic."

Wattle Grove Studmaster Ian McPherson said they had been told it was unprecedented.

"It is an unusual occurrence,” McPherson said.

“These are his first foals and there is a tail abnormality in a few of them.

"Apparently the full tail has seven vertebrae and some have got three or four. People are finding it hard to explain."

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