Biggest Classic sale ever at new Inglis stables

Biggest Classic sale ever at new Inglis stables


Phillip Bate analyses news from the Queensland racing scene.


THE 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale will be the biggest in the company’s history with 800 horses catalogued for the first ever auction at its new Riverside Stables, adjacent to Warwick Farm racecourse, Sydney, NSW.

The sale begins at 6pm on Saturday, February 10, immediately after the Inglis Race Day at Warwick Farm – with the opening night again to include the hugely popular Gold Riband session – and runs until Tuesday, February 13.

Top sires represented include Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Choisir, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Savabeel, Sebring and Star Witness, as well as first season sires such as Adelaide, Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Shooting To Win, Toronado and Wandjina.

The catalogue boasts relations to 63 stakes winners including Victoria Derby winner Ace High, superstar sprinter Brazen Beau, recent spring stakes winners Setsuna and In Her Time, and Group 1 winners Japonisme, Good Project and Amanpour. There are also progeny of 60 stakes-winning mares including Platelet, Heavenly Glow, Fill The Page, Irish Darling and Hidden Kisses.

All yearlings offered at an Inglis Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the lucrative $6 million Inglis Race Series. The catalogue can be viewed at

2018 Inglis Classic Sale Schedule:

  • Saturday February 10: Book 1 from 6pm (Lots 1-120)
  • Sunday February 11: Book 1 from 11am (Lots 121-360)
  • Monday February 12: Book 1 from 11am (Lots 361-600)
  • Tuesday February 13: Book 2 from 11am (Lots 601-800)

Pregnant mare wins stakes race

Jockey Brad Stewart rides NotOnYourLife to win  at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, November 25. Picture: Albert Perez.

Jockey Brad Stewart rides NotOnYourLife to win at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, November 25. Picture: Albert Perez.

NOT only are progeny of first season sire Spirit Of Boom winning on the track, they’re now winning in utero!

Racing Queensland webnews reports that mum-to-be Notonyourlife vindicated a decision to continue her racing career with her first Stakes win in the Listed UBET Classic Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday, November 25. The win boosted her race record to six wins and 11 placings from 37 starts.

By Golden Slipper winner Sebring from the Danehill (USA) mare Defiant, the 6YO mare is owned by Eureka Stud at Cambooya and is in foal to its Group 1 winning sire, Spirit Of Boom.

Trainer Tony Gollan and Eureka Stud principal Scott McAlpine were in two minds whether to retire Notonyourlife after she placed at Doomben in July.

“We talked about retiring her after her last run but the decision was made to send her to stud and if she was in foal aim for the summer races. She’s a really honest mare and she’ll now head for the Fillies and Mares race on Magic Millions day. She’s done a great job and has ticked all the boxes now she’s won a Listed race,” Gollan said

Mahisara's 2YO's off and racing

WATTLE Brae stallion Mahisara has recorded his first 2YO winner with Mishani Krishna saluting in Toowoomba on Saturday night, November 18.

It was the first start for the Ben Currie trained filly who won an 870m 2YO Maiden Plate and banked $19,550 thanks to the QTIS bonus of $11,750. Another daughter Miss Sara has also  impressed with three placings from three starts – her last two starts comprising seconds at Doomben. Miss Sara has now won $45,800 boosted by QTIS bonuses worth $22,800.

Mishani Krishna is from the Jet Spur mare Caressable One while Miss Sara is from the Marauding (NZ) mare Diamond’N’Pearls

A stakes winning juvenile and multiple Group winning sprinter, Mahisara is bred on almost identical terms as last year’s Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon. Both are sons of More Than Ready (USA) produced from Danehill (USA) mares and share a pedigree make-up of no fewer than four individual Group 1 3YO Classics winners as well as a Group 1 winning open-age sprinter Perfectly Ready.

Prized Icon actually became the second Group 1 VRC Victoria Derby winner bred in such a fashion following the Classic victory of Benicio in 2005. The same More Than Ready-Danehill cross also has a WATC Western Australia Derby (G1) winner (Dreamaway) as well as a New Zealand Oaks (G1) heroine (More Than Sacred).

While the More Than Ready/Danehill ‘nick’ is a proven formula for racetrack success, it’s not just the top half of Mahisara’s pedigree that is thriving. This is best illustrated by Mahisara’s three-quarter brother Ulmann (by Sebring) who three starts back won the Group 3 Moonga Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day to add to two previous Listed wins at Flemington and Warrnambool and five black type placings. Ulmann joined Mahisara as the second stakes winner produced by their dam, Darsini, who has also produced four other winners.

Racing Queensland welcomes Tribunal ruling on Tabcorp-Tatts

RACING Queensland has welcomed a ruling from the Australian Competition Tribunal granting authority for the Tabcorp combination with Tatts Group.

The Full Federal Court had previously set aside an earlier determination from the Tribunal and sent the matter back to the Tribunal for reconsideration. The ACCC had sought a review when the Tribunal granted authorisation for Tabcorp to acquire Tatts Group in June 2017.

In a statement on Friday, November 17, the Tribunal said ‘it has reconsidered the evidence, in relation to both anti-competitive detriment and public benefit, and concluded that the merger was likely to result in such benefit that it should be permitted to proceed.’

RQ CEO Dr Eliot Forbes had previously welcomed the proposed combination saying it would deliver greater certainty for the Queensland Racing Industry.

“I look forward to working with Tabcorp to grow and enhance the Queensland racing industry. We have a deed of understanding with Tabcorp that will bring meaningful benefits to racing in Queensland.

“That deed will result in an increase in capital investment in the Queensland wagering business (currently UBET) across retail and on-course wagering facilities, as well as increased investment in technology, sponsorships and marketing.”

Cheval Grand wins Group 1 Japan Cup

CHAMPION Australian jockey Hugh Bowman added another milestone to his stellar career when winning the 37th running of the Group 1 Japan Cup (2400m) aboard Cheval Grand at Tokyo on Sunday, November 27.

The Yasuo Tomomichi-trained Cheval Grand (Heart’s Cry/Halwa Sweet) defeated Rey De Oro by 1.25 lengths with race favourite Kitasan Black back in third. Bowman told the Japan Racing Association: “It gives me a sense of pride to have even the chance to take part in such a recognized race. It’s an honour to have won this race.” Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time finished twelfth.


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