High expectations for smart colt at Inglis Ready2Race

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Written by Paul Vettise

Victorian vendor Kane Harris is expecting his Warhorse (NZ) colt to be one of the stars of Monday’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale at the Riverside Stables.

Lot 84 breezed up in 10.62 seconds at Cranbourne and is a half-brother to the G1 Schweppes Oaks winner Sopressa (So You Think {NZ}). Their dam is the G2 Marsh Classic S., winner Hidden Strings (Weasal Clause).

“He’s a real Derby sort of horse. I would be very surprised if he wasn’t a stand-out of the Sale,” Harris said. “He’ll sell himself on type alone.”

Watch: Lot 84 (outside) breeze up

He will also offer a daughter, Lot 80, of Fastnet Rock and the former champion filly and the G1 Australian Oaks and G1 Arrowfield Stud S., winner Heavenly Glow (Spinning World {USA}.

“I’d expect her to make good money. She’s got a nice career ahead of her and she’s got that residual value.” - Kane Harris.

“She breezed up very well (10.73s) and did it within herself,” Harris said. “I’d expect her to make good money. She’s got a nice career ahead of her and she’s got that residual value.”

Watch: Lot 80 (inside rail)

His 13-striong draft will also include Lot 136, a Sepoy colt who is a half-brother to the former champion Singapore Miler and Stayer Better Life (Smarty Jones {USA}).

“He’s a neat colt, a solid-bodied horse,” Harris said. “He’s a pretty laid back customer and breezed well (10.33s). He did it on the bridle, no questions asked, and he’s got an international pedigree.”

“It is the strongest ever offered to an Australian buying bench.” – Mark Webster.

Everest timing

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster is thrilled with the quality of the catalogue for this year’s auction.

“It is the strongest ever offered to an Australian buying bench,” he said. “It’s a great time of year for our industry in Sydney with The Everest Carnival, highlighted by the running of the $13m The Everest and two days later the Inglis Ready2Race Sale.

“We have deliberately moved the timing of this year’s sale to coincide with the running of The Everest.”

Back in July, Inglis claimed the G1 The Goodwood and the G1 Stradbroke H., winner Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega {IRE}) to represent them in Saturday’s Randwick feature. He has since added the G2 Premiere S., to his record.

Santa Ana Lane will run in the Inglis slot in Saturday's The Everest

“Among the catalogue of 183 juveniles are horses by the likes of leading sires such as Fastnet Rock, Pierro, So You Think, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Zoustar, More Than Ready, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, Spirit Of Boom, Tavistock and Not A Single Doubt.

“First season sires represented include Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Sacred Falls, Shooting To Win and Toronado.

“There are siblings to Group 1 winners, 2YOs out of Group 1-winning mares and a quality line-up of juveniles, who have all breezed up well at Cranbourne, Warwick Farm or Taupo.”

Nominations paid up

Of the entries, 51 are already nominated for the $8 million Inglis Race Series and 118 are BOBS Eligible.

“Those that aren’t entered for the Inglis Race Series, which includes the inaugural $2m Inglis Millennium for 2-year-olds at Warwick Farm in February 2019, can be paid up upon purchase,” Webster said.

“The Ready2Race concept is undeniably popular in many racing jurisdictions globally, but it is fair to say it is yet to realise its full potential in Australia.

“At Inglis, we firmly believe there is a strong demand for this style of sale in this part of the world. We have worked extremely closely with our clients, both vendors and buyers, to make changes to ensure we provide the best possible platform for this sale to further develop and reach its potential in Australia.

Graduates from the past five editions of the Ready2Race Sale have won nearly 875 races between them and collected in excess of $33 million in prizemoney across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Macau.

Inglis Riverside complex