Group 1 clean sweep for Inglis graduates
21st Apr 2018
Another clean sweep of Group 1 races and multiple other Stakes races around the country capped off a dominant day for Inglis graduates and their connections today.
Star 3YO colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) made it back-to-back Group 1 victories, winning the All Aged Stakes, while 2YO filly Seabrook (Hinchinbrook) proved too strong over the mile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
Burning Passion (Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes, Randwick) Moss Trip (Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes, Randwick), Sprightly Lass (Listed Bel Esprit Stakes, Caulfield) and Sopressa (Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes, Morphettville) proved their futures were bright with valuable Stakes wins around Australia.
And on the eve of the 2018 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands, another former sale graduate Mahamedeis proved superior on VOBIS Raceday at Caulfield.
But it was the Group 1 duo of Trapeze Artist and Seabrook which stole the headlines on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Bert Vieira – owner and breeder of Trapeze Artist, arguably the most valuable colt in Australian racing – has multiple options for his star colt.
He can either retire him to stud immediately, push on to the Spring for The Everest or even continue racing for another 13 months and contest a Royal Ascot campaign next year.
“His future, I have no idea honestly, I’ve had a lot of offers but I’m not sure. I will make a firm decision on Monday,’’ Vieira said.
“I would like to race him in The Everest, I would love to. If I do that, it means I can’t with breed him this season, I could race him on, a few more Group 1s, take him to Ascot and breed with him next year.
“That’s my options. I need to think about it because it’s a pretty high price tag to be playing with.’’
Trapeze Artist is an Australian Easter Yearling Sale graduate, when offered by Vieira in 2016.
Meanwhile Seabrook gave Luke and Mags Anderson their first Group 1 at Maluka Thoroughbreds when she won the Champagne Stakes.
The daughter of Hinchinbrook, which Bluebloods Thoroughbreds paid $85,000 for at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, continued a strong season for 2YO fillies following Estijaab (Golden Slipper) and El Dorado Dreaming (Inglis Sires) winning the other legs of the Triple Crown.
“She was always a nice big strong filly with a good brain,’’ Luke Anderson said of Seabrook.
“It’s a brilliant feeling watching her win a Group 1. She’s been so strong all prep and totally deserved that for Blueblood Thoroughbreds and the Mick Price team.’’
Seabrook was bred by Warwick Jeffries.
Inglis’ next sale is the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, which begins at 10am tomorrow at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne.
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