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Sire Street Cry (IRE)
Dam Maria Di Castiglia (GB)
Grandsire Machiavellian (USA)
Damsire Danehill (USA)
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2005
Country Australia
Color Bay
Breeder George & Felicity Fraser, Ilala Stud
Owner Laurence Eales
Trainer Mark Kavanagh
Record 15: 5-5-2[1]
Earnings $3,882,525[1]
Shocking is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Maria Di Castiglia (GB) by Street Cry (IRE). He was born around 2005 in Australia, and was bred by George & Felicity Fraser, Ilala Stud.
Major wins
Melbourne Cup (2009)
Lexus Stakes (2009)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 13 November 2009

Shocking is an Australian bred Thoroughbred racehorse, trained by Mark Kavanagh, who won the 149th Melbourne Cup on 3 November 2009 by three-quarters of a length.[2][3]



Shocking is by the outstanding sire, Street Cry (Ireland) out of Maria Di Castaglia by Danehill (USA). George Fraser purchased Maria di Castiglia (GB) while she was carrying Shocking in utero at a William Inglis bloodstock sale for $20,000. Mr Fraser later sold the resulting foal, Shocking, at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $45,000 to a local horse broker. After being broken in, he was sold on to Laurence Eales for $64,000 in late 2007.[4]

Racing record

At the time of winning the Melbourne Cup he was four years old and had qualified after winning the Lexus Stakes over 2,500 metres at Flemington on 31 October 2009. The Melbourne Cup was Shocking's 15th start. He defeated Crime Scene (ridden by Kerrin McEvoy) and Mourilyan (ridden by Glyn Schofield) who placed second and third respectively.[5]

It was the first Melbourne Cup win for jockey Corey Brown, who placed second in the 2008 race in a photo finish, and second in the 2002 race.[5]

Laurence Eales also owns the 2009 Caulfield Stakes winner Whobegotyou, also by Street Cry.[6]

The Melbourne Cup win by Shocking elevated Street Cry to the top of the Australian Sires lists for progeny earnings.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shocking's racing record
  2. "Shocking claims Melbourne Cup win". BBC Sport. 2009-11-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/8338232.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. 2009 Melbourne Cup result
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harvey, Virginia (12 November 2009). "Alex stoked at Muswellbrook win". The Land (Rural Press): p. 64. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mark Kavanagh's Shocking wins Melbourne Cup, The Australian, November 03, 2009
  6. Cairns tiler's Shocking win in Melbourne Cup, The Cairns Post, November 04, 2009

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