Inglis Graduates Bound Into 2014 In Sterling Style
1st Jan 2014
Inglis graduates started 2014 in the same emphatic style that has become synonymous with the quality gallopers sold in Sydney, Melbourne and Scone – winning feature races on big days.
In New Zealand on New Year’s Day exciting filly Bounding (Lonhro x Believe'n'succeed) claimed the Group 1 feature event at Ellerslie, the ARC Railway Stakes over 1200m.
“It’s a huge thrill and she’s a special filly,” said trainer Ken Kelso after the win against many of New Zealand’s best sprinters.
Bounding was purchased by owner G Harding for $425,000 from the draft of Willow Park Stud at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
From Group 3 winner Believe’n’succeed, Bounding has recorded six wins and three placings in her nine career starts to date for NZ$366,675 in prizemoney.
Also at Ellerslie the two-year-old feature race, the Group 3 ARC Eclipse Stakes, was won by Inglis graduate Vinnie Eagle (I Am Invincible x Sweet Maggie).
Just like his sire I Am Invincible the winner was purchased as a yearling from the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale.
Vinnie Eagle was a $65,000 purchase by co-trainer Tony Pike from the draft of Lustre Lodge at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.
"He’s a really good sprinting horse and once he got to the front he relaxed and quickened really well,” said jockey Leith Innes said.
Tony Pike indicated that the undefeated juvenile will now head to Sydney for the rich money on offer during the Inglis Race Series before aiming at Group 1 events in New Zealand later this season.
"He’s eligible for the Inglis Classic on January 18 and that’s always been his long-term target. We’ll get through Sydney and then he’ll come back and we might look at the Sires’ Produce races,” Pike said.
The $250,000 Inglis Classic, a race restricted to two-year-olds purchased from the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sales, will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 18 January.
The 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book will then be conducted on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 January. 480 lots have been catalogued for the great value sale.
In Hong Kong on Sunday the feature event was the Group 3 HKJC Chinese Club Challenge Cup over 1400m. The race was won by rising star Sterling City (Nadeem x So Gorgeous).
The victory was a fantastic birthday present for part-owner Gary Ling, who races the winner with his father CS Ling.
Sent out as favourite Sterling City made up for a luckless last start in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint settling well under Douglas Whyte before outgunning his rivals in impressive style.
Sterling City was a $200,000 purchase by the Ling’s on the advice of Henry Plumptre at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud.
The John Moore trained galloper has won seven times and been placed on another eight occasions during his 18 start career, accumulating close to HK$10,000,000 in prizemoney.
The 2014 edition of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the auction source of Bounding and Sterling City, will be held on 8, 9 & 10 April at Newmarket in Sydney.
All dates and information on this year’s Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series can be found at www.inglis.com.au