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Who Shot Thebarman

(Who Shot Thebarman in action at Riccarton. Photo: Race Images, Christchurch)

Who Shot Thebarman, the highly performed stayer bred at White Robe Lodge, has been retired from racing. The 10yr-old gelded son of Yamanin Vital and Ears Carol, bred by Brian and Lorraine Anderton, won the group one Auckland Cup and gr one Sydney Cup and $A4,587,446 in  stakes for his owners Dan O'Leary, of Whanganui, his brothers Shaun, Humphrey and Michael, of Marton and their wives.

Who Shot Thebarman won the $2million 2018 Sydney Cup (3200m) as a 9yr-old. He also won the gr two Sandown Classic, gr two Moonee Valley Cup, gr three Bart Cummings at Flemington and gr two Avondale Cup. He won 11 times from 57 starts. He was trained for his 2014 Auckland Cup(3200m) win by Mark Oulaghan at Awapuni Who Shot The Barman won his first start as a 4yr-old at Trentham in April, 2013 and six from nine starts for Oulaghan. He was transferred to Chris Waller in Sydney after his Auckland Cup win. Who Shot Thebarman  started in the Melbourne Cup four times with his best effort a third to Protectionist and Red Cadeaux in 2014.

Who Shot Thebarman had his final race when seventh in the 2018 Zipping Classic at Sandown.

"We are envisaging he (Who Shot Thebarman) will spend about two years at the "Home of Champions" in Melbourne and then return to one of our farms in Rangitikei," said Dan O'Leary.

Who Shot Thebarman was bought privately  from WRL in 2009 by the O'Leary brothers. "We had gone to the yearling sales looking for a Yamanin Vital to jump and had no joy. Michael  had a mare at White Robe Lodge and suggested we phone Wayne Stewart (stud manager) and we got Who Shot Thebarman as a weanling,'' recalled Dan O'Leary.

The unraced Ears Carol (Carolingian - Auditive), the dam of Who Shot Thebarman, has also left the winners Vital Organ, Wollongong, Serve de Aunt and Gallantly. Ears Carol has been served this spring by Ghibellines.  She did not conceive last season.