Shoeshine Boy
Mousetrap col
Shoeshine Boy (IRE) : 2016 bay gelding
Owner : Mousetrap Racing 
Theo close up


  Shoeshine Boy (IRE)
  2016 bay gelding    
                                                                      Old Vic
                                                                      Different Dee

The family

Shoeshine Boy is the 7th progeny of the unraced broodmare Godlylady. From a National Hunt family that traces back to such top class horses as Carvill's Hill, Samlee and Alcapone.
Closer to home though and Godlylady has bred 3 winners. Useful 4-time hurdles winner West to the Bridge (by Flemensfirth), fair winning hurdler Polymath and bumper winner/progressive 4-time hurdle winner Yes No Maybe So (by Stowaway).
She also has an unraced, year older sister to Shoeshine Boy.
Godlylady is owned by Whytemount Stud where Valirann currently stands.

Second dam, the unraced Different Dee, has proven very successful at stud with 5 of her progeny to race having won.  The best of these have been the Listed Placed winning hurdler, winning chaser Barafundle and the top class Grade 1 gelding Flemenstar, a multiple winner over fences.
Craig Star, a standing dish in staying handicap hurdles in the North these past few seasons, is also one of her sons.


About the sire

The Aga Khan bred and owned Valirann (bay horse born 2010) was unraced as a 2 year old but reach high class standard in his five races as a 3 year old when trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre. He was beaten a short head on debut but then reeled off a 4-timer. The last two of these were victories in Group 2 and Group 3 staying events at Longchamp.

Timeform rated 112p, this well bred, workmanlike type is a half brother to the ill-fated 2012 Prix de Diane winner Valyra plus a further couple of black type horses.

Valirann was retired to stand at Whytemount Stud in Ireland in 2015 and has had books of over 100 mares in each of his first few seasons there, with 76 mares covered in 2018. His fee has remained at around €1,500.
His 3 year olds continue to be generally well received at the NH Store Sales in Ireland and Britain with a top price of €155,000 paid by Paul Nicholls for one of his sons in 2019.

Theo on the gallops
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
August 2020 and Shoeshine Boy has made his way back into the yard with 'Mac', one of his holiday companions. So, after a spell at summer grass, this gelding is ready to crack on with preparation for a racecourse debut.
And he'll not be alone.
There's half a dozen unraced 4 year olds here at Dodlands for the start of the 2020-21 season, a nice bunch to be involved with and plenty of peers with which to keep company each morning.
Buoyed by the performances of his half brother Yes No Maybe So in the late Summer months in knocking up a hat-trick of hurdle victories, 'Mouse' Young and his members of the new Mousetrap Racing group are itching to get 'Theo' onto the racecourse.....maybe in early 2021.

There's little doubt that our most successful horse bought at the annual Tattersalls Ireland August NH Store Sales has been Keyboard Gangster. Snapped up for €4,600 in 2014 by The Buyers Club, that syndicate returned to the same venue in 2018 to acquire Stolen Money and struck again in 2019 for a Sageburg gelding.
CEO of The Buyers Club, Mark 'Mouse' Young has clearly been buoyed by the experience of horse syndication and with a group of prospective Hawick locals lined up, he once again splashed out at the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Store Sales in 2019 with an eye for a young horse to bring home.
And so to Day 1 of the sale, when a Valirann gelding with an attractive NH pedigree came up. This fellow was quite raw, backward and lean on appearance so despite being a half brother to a couple of recent winners, Mark was able to pick him up for a minimum bid. In fact, on closer inspection this is a very good National Hunt pedigree from a family of high class winners - Flemenstar to name but one.
It was interesting to see one of his winning half brothers - West to the Bridge - at Carlisle in mid October '19. That horse was a lean, athletic sort not too dissimilar to our Valirann gelding, so maybe it is a family trait!

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
We have a set 18-month programme for young store horses and Shoeshine Boy followed that tried and trusted route. Back in the Borders in August '19, he completed his education with a local handler (Nick Orpwood this time). Come early October, and the Valirann gelding returned to Dodlands Steading for a couple of weeks of gentle canters with the string each morning.
He spent the rest of the Autumn and Winter months in the paddock to allow him to furnish into his athletic frame and he was brought back into the yard in the Spring of 2020 for another spell of training. He pleased all with his attitude when working upsides his stable mates on the gallops.


Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2020-21 NH Flat     2
2021-22 Hurdles         1
Current Season Form
1 May 21 Hexham : 2m novice hurdle  (Class 4) good to soft 11 ran (Craig Nichol) - 6th (beaten 27½l)                                                               video
Rear of mid division, some late headway approaching last
He'll be aimed at handicap hurdles in season 2021-22, so this was a good introduction to jumping for Shoeshine Boy. Off to summer grass next.


31 March 21 Hexham : 2m NH Flat (Class 4) good to soft (good in places) 9 ran (B Garritty (3)) - 5th (beaten 11½l)                                video
Tracked leaders, outpaced and ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong but not reach leaders
Quite a promising run from Shoeshine Boy. He couldn't match the pace of the leaders in a slowly run race but showed a nice attitude in running on to the line. He'll next appear in novice hurdles.


22 January 21 Musselburgh : 1m 7½f NH Flat (Class 4) soft 10 ran (B Campbell (3)) - 7th (beaten 24l)                                                     video
Tracked leaders, prominent but ridden 4f out, no impression final 3f
Racecourse debut for Shoeshine Boy and he acquitted himself quite well. Although outpaced into the home straight he kept on in game fashion right to the line.


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