Gaby proves herself a Blue Diamond contender
2nd Feb 2019
Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible) joined a growing list of Inglis graduates to dominate Australian 2YO races this year with a strong victory in today’s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield.
Loving Gaby, a $500,000 Inglis Easter buy for Phoenix Thoroughbreds from Kia Ora Stud, showed an explosive turn of foot at her racetrack debut to score a most impressive win for her trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
It was the first major winner in Australia in the famous Phoenix Thoroughbreds colours.
Such was the strength of Loving Gaby’s performance, the TAB crunched her odds for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes into the third line of betting at $6, behind fellow Inglis Easter filly Catch Me.
Inglis graduates from each of the three Select Yearling Sales have won key 2YO races this year alone such as Accession, Catch Me, I Am Immortal, Dawn Passage, Magnicity, My Fire Phoenix, Castelvecchio and many more.
Fellow I Am Invincible juvenile Garibaldi won a 2YO race on debut today at Eagle Farm.
Trained by Tony Gollan and part-owned by Aquis Farm, Garibaldi is a $475,000 Classic Yearling Sale buy for Gollan, Aquis and Boomer Bloodstock, from Carramar Park.
His Dissident half sister (ex Sonnenblume) is lot 110 at next week’s Classic Yearling Sale, being offered by Carramar Park.
But it was Loving Gaby (pictured) that stole the 2YO show today with a stirring win at Caulfield, a result that came as no surprise to Kia Ora Stud’s Alex Kingston.
“She was always a very big and strong filly, albeit a bit raw, but she’s obviously matured a lot and Ciaron and David have done a wonderful job with her,’’ Kingston said of Loving Gaby, who was co-bred by Kia Ora Stud and Alan Bell.
“I know Ciaron has always had a big opinion of her and I guess it’s all systems go to the Blue Diamond now.’’
The $1.5m Blue Diamond Stakes is run at Caulfield on February 23.
With the 2019 Inglis Select Yearling Sales Series less than a week away with the Classic Sale beginning next Saturday night, there were a number of significant pedigree updates following today’s race meetings.
*Not A Single Doubt filly Rotator finished second in G3 Widden Stakes. Her brother (ex Warpath) is lot 17 at Melbourne Premier (March 3-6), being offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds.
*Sizzling filly Blazing Miss ran third in G3 Widden Stakes. Her Headwater half sister (ex Jahre) is lot 404 at Inglis Classic for Glastonbury Farms.
*Spring Loaded (Redoute’s Choice) finished second on debut in G3 Canonbury Stakes. His brother is lot 315 at Inglis Easter (April 9-10), offered by Arrowfield Stud.
*Deep Chill (Wandjina) finished third in G3 Canonbury Stakes. Kitchwin Hills is offering his Fastnet Rock half sister at Inglis Easter.
*The Choisir half brother of Highway Hcp winner Embezzlement (ex Songstar) is lot 717 at next week’s Classic Yearling Sale, for Bowness Stud.
The Classic Yearling Sale starts at Riverside Stables next Saturday night at 6pm - immediately following the conclusion of the inaugural Inglis Millennium Race Day at Warwick Farm - and runs until February 14.
Inspections begin on Monday.
To view the Classic parade schedule, CLICK HERE.
To view the Classic catalogue, CLICK HERE.
Inglis Sales Catalogues
2019 February Monthly Online Sale
22, 27 February 2019
2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale
3, 4, 5, 6 March 2019
2019 Australian Easter Yearling Sale
9, 10 April 2019
2019 Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale
28 April 2019