Shellscrape has had an end put to his short stud career after some of his foals were born with a rare deformity.
Around 20 per cent of his progeny were born with severe problems with their tails, while many foals were born without a tail completely.
Owner Geoff Grimish was as astounded as anyone after Shellscrape’s first round of foals were found to have the deformity, and could not offer up any explanation as to why it occurred.
“One foal this week was born with a crooked tail, but some are born without one,” Grimish said.
“We can’t explain it but figure the cause of it might be genetic or toxic.”
Shellscrape was standing at Wattle Grove Stud in New South Wales, with studmaster Ian McPherson also shocked by the unusual circumstances.
“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.”
Shellscrape was standing for a fee of $8,800 in his first year, however, will now swap the breeding barn for the race track once again.
The six-year-old has won six of his 25 race starts and earned more than $700,000 in prize money during his successful career.
His biggest wins were in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes as a three-year-old and the Group 1 The Galaxy in his next season.
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