Rod Northam wins his fifth Inglis Challenge

Rod Northam wins his fifth Inglis Challenge


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Local trainer Rod Northam and legendary hoop Robbie Thompson combined to win the Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge at Scone with Spilt. Photo Virginia Harvey

Local trainer Rod Northam and legendary hoop Robbie Thompson combined to win the Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge at Scone with Spilt. Photo Virginia Harvey

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City class race day a success at Scone.

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Spilt's win in the $100,000 Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge on the Scone Cup program on Friday, again proved a successful racehorse can come via small beginnings.

Spilt cost his owners a mere $2000 at last year's Inglis Scone Yearling Sale, and became the fifth Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge winner prepared by local conditioner Rod Northam.

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The second race success for champion bush hoop Robbie Thompson, Spilt became the 4444th winner for the Hall Of Fame jockey.

"I thought this horse had some ability after he won a trial," Thompson said.

"Rod always had this race in mind."

Northam said that Spilt reminded him of former stable star Big Money, also a Scone Sale graduate who won five stakes and more than $800,000 in prizemoney. Both are sons of Coolmore stud's stalwart stallion, Choisir.

Owners cheering for Spilt included local Peter Townsend, Ken and Sharon Blackett, Peter and Leah Burnheim and Andrew Crawford.

Having his third start, Spilt was sold via the Rae-Louise Farmer managed Fernrigg Farm, Denman.

Jockey Sam Clipperton gives Special Missile a pat after the pair win the Scone Cup Listed Race on Friday. Photo Virginia Harvey

Jockey Sam Clipperton gives Special Missile a pat after the pair win the Scone Cup Listed Race on Friday. Photo Virginia Harvey

Sydney based hoop, Sam Clipperton had a worthwhile trip after taking the black type feature double aboard Special Missile in the $180,000 Darley Scone Cup-LR on the first day, and on Con Te Partiro winning the $180,000 Dark Jewel Classic-G3 on its city class Saturday stand-alone program, the second day.

While it was Clipperton's first win for new Sydney training partnership of Richard and Michael Freedman, Special Missile gave the hoop his second win in the Scone Cup.

Special Missile was one of three recent new stakes winners - the others being Ready To Prophet (won Emirates Park Denise's Joy Stakes-LR, Scone) and Missile Mantra (won Vale Redoute's Choice Stakes-LR, Caulfield) for Fastnet Rock sire Smart Missile, good news for his home base at Twin Hills, Cootamundra.

A US bred five-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, Con Te Partiro was having her first Australian start for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott following campaigns in the UK and US.

The crowd cheered hard for 100 to one pop Barricade who charged home to take the $80,000 Trapeze Artist@Widden Stud/Noel Leckie Country Cup.

A five-year-old gelding ridden by Rachel King, Barricade gave his popular local conditioner Peter Bloomfield his first win at a Scone Cup Carnival. Riding his own trackwork, Bloomfield acquired Barricade after being a troublesome three-year-old and has since won seven races and $190,000.

By former Kentucky Derby winning shuttler Street Sense, Barricade was bred and raced in partnership with John Thompson of Coronet Park, Wybong.

Libertini, trained by Anthony Cummings and by Yarraman Park's ever-conquering sire I Am Invincible, stamped herself as something special after she cruised in to take the Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes-LR for juveniles.

Bred and raced by business entrepreneur Gerry Harvey, Libertini became the 27th stakes winner this season for her sire, which creates a new Australian record, previously held by champions Danehill and his grandson Snitzel.

Marge Ojapold in the ring with the top priced Sebring colt, selling from Middlebrook Valley Lodge for $60,000 at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

Marge Ojapold in the ring with the top priced Sebring colt, selling from Middlebrook Valley Lodge for $60,000 at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

Sebring colt tops Inglis' Scone sale

A good-looking bay colt by Widden Stud's now deceased stallion Sebring fetched the top price of $60,000 at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale at White Park on Sunday.

Sold via the Verna Metcalfe managed Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone, the colt from She's Due sold to Wyong conditioner Kristen Buchanan.

A clearance of 89 per cent was achieved from the 189 lots offered, for an average of $15,815 - a slight decline from the $16,445 average achieved at last year's Scone Yearling Sale Book 1 auction.

After stable star Victorem finished a close second in last Saturday's Coolmore Ortensia Stakes-LR at Scone, the following day Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham paid $55,000 for a colt by Artie Schiller, from Sorcha Rose, which sold from Clarke and Croft Bloodstock, Uralla.

The Scott and Cathy Irwin operated Rothwell Thoroughbreds at Blandford also paid $55,000 for the Deep Field-Enjoyment filly, selling via Ashleigh Thoroughbreds, Scone, for breeder Catherine Remond.

A total of 11 yearlings fetched $40,000 or more, pushing the aggregate to $2.657m.

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