THE convincing win at Doomben by juvenile filly Snicki Minaj recently underlined her potential to gain a slice of riches in the $250,000 Inglis Classic race for two-year-olds at Warwick Farm on Saturday, February 10.
Trained at Eagle Farm by Tony Gollan, the filly was a $25,000 graduate of last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. This year’s edition commencing the evening after these Warwick Farm races and continuing daily into Tuesday February 13.
Sold by her breeders Bowness Stud, Young, Snicki Minaj is a daughter of Yarraman Park’s young star sire Hinchinbrook.
The Fastnet Rock sire has 28 youngsters listed for the Classic Sale, with Snicki Minaj being the fifth juvenile winner for her sire this season.
The Helen and John North operated Bowness Stud, will offer 18 yearlings at this year’s “two book” sale, including three by their Australian bred home based stallion Bon Hoffa, a prolific sire of winners to Group 1 level.
Not only is it the first yearling sale to be held during the Inglis company’s 151st year of operations, but it is the first to be held at its new Warwick Farm headquarters of Riverside Stables – a $140 million state-of-the-art complex, located off Governor Macquarie Drive and adjacent to Warwick Farm racecourse.
The added sale ground’s horse capacity has seen the 2018 Sale bolstered to 800 catalogued lots, and of which has been divided into three sections; books one and two, and for the second time the Gold Riband Session scheduled for the second half of the Saturday evening session.
For any horse purchased during the Gold Riband Session and which consists of 62 catalogued entries, Inglis will pay the initial nomination entry fee for the prestigious Golden Slipper race.
As an added buyer incentive, Inglis will also pay a $100,000 bonus to the vendor/supplier of that session’s first stakes winner.
Buyers are sure to look twice at Eureka Stud’s colt in the Gold Riband by their “booming” sire Spirit Of Boom who took his Australian first season winners’ tally to eight winners when home-bred filly Plumaro won at Toowoomba last Sunday.
The Julie Harris operated Holbrook Thoroughbreds will offer eight yearlings at the Classic Sale including a filly by Hinchinbrook.
The filly (produced from the eight times Catrail mare Foscat) is a half-sister to five winners including Group placed triple winner Trichologist.
Murwillumbah conditioner Matthew Dunn may have noticed that there are two youngsters in the catalogue who are relations to his recent $970,000 Magic Millions Cup winner Care To Think, a first crop four-year-old by champion So You Think. Carramar Park Stud, Grose Wold, will offer the gelding’s first relation – a filly by first crop sire Dissident, from Sydney Group 3 winning Snippets mare Fumble.
Another relation is a first crop filly by Coolmore Stud’s Rubic, from Beaver Rocks, and offered via Ascot Park, Pitt Town.
By Fastnet Rock, Beaver Rocks is a half-sister to Care To Think.
The catalogue includes progeny from 60 stakes winning mares including Group 1 winner and once Taree trained - by Ross Stitt, Heavenly Glow, who is represented with a filly by champion sire Fastnet Rock.
WHILE you will not see any $1 million purchases at this auction, there have been several recent Classic Yearling Sale graduates that have earned over $1m in prizemoney.
The most prominent being last year’s Golden Slipper winner in Sydney She Will Reign (by Manhattan Rain) who cost her owners $20,000, and has earned to date $3m.
In Melbourne, the Classic Yearling Sale also provided the winner of the Victoria’s premier juvenile race – the Blue Diamond Stakes, won by colt Extreme Choice, who cost $100,000 and won $1.7m, and who commanded a stud fee of $38,500 at his first stud season last year.
All American filly Yankee Rose – a $10,000 graduate, was second in the Golden Slipper and won the ATC Sires Produce Stakes-G1 and has won $2m.
Other graduates include gelding Fell Swoop (Not A Single Doubt) cost $45,000 and has won $1.7m; mare I Am A Star (I Am Invincible) cost $40,000 has won $1.1m; and stallion Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) cost $70,000, won $1.6m and now commands a $55,000 stud fee.
Classic millennium racing
THE $250,000 Inglis Classic for juveniles and the $250,000 Inglis Sprint for three-year-olds will feature on the star race program at Warwick Farm on February 10.
This has been formulated by the Australian Turf Club together with Inglis to form a feature program which also includes the ATC Group 2 Breeders Classic and Group 3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes.
Not only is it the first yearling sale to be held during the Inglis company’s 151st year of operations, but it is the first to be held at its new Warwick Farm headquarters of Riverside Stables.
The 2019 race-day will see the introduction of the $2m Inglis Millennium as well as the revamped $1m Inglis Sprint for three-year-olds.
All yearlings purchased through an Inglis sale ring in 2018 will be eligible for the new races at the Warwick Farm meeting from 2019, should owners pay up for the race series upon purchase.
These changes and additions are part of the new look Inglis Race Series which will now be worth a record $8m in total.