Premier week for Inglis in Melbourne ahead of Sprint

25 February 2022 Written by VRC

This weekend's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale marks the start of a bumper week that culminates in the first running of the $750,000 Inglis Sprint (1200m) at Flemington on Australian Guineas Race Day, Saturday March 5.

The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is the primary sale of thoroughbreds in Victoria each year, held at Oaklands Junction. It dates back to 1994, a year after Inglis acquired Victoria's primary auction house Dalgety Bloodstock.

With an average of three Group 1 winners a year coming out of the sale from 2010 to 2019, as well as 25 stakes winners per sale in the same time frame, the auction ranks second in the Inglis portfolio behind the company's flagship sale, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Flemington Group 1 winners to have been purchased from Premier over the past decade include the world's best sprinter Nature Strip (passed in for $120,000), a three-time Group 1 winner at the track, as well as his Coolmore Stud Stakes-winning stablemate September Run ($380,000), 2020 Black Caviar Lightning hero Gytrash ($40,000), 2018 Darley Sprint Classic victor Santa Ana Lane ($80,000), 2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback ($120,000) and 2015 VRC Oaks heroine Jameka ($130,000).

The Flemington-trained Masked Crusader ($340,000), Ole Kirk ($675,000), Booker ($230,000) and Youngstar ($200,000) also appear among the list of graduates.

It is, therefore, only fitting that the $750,000 Inglis Sprint will now be run at Flemington, with the purse set to increase to $1 million in 2023.

The Inglis Sprint, established in Sydney in 2015, has been won by top fillies She Will Reign, Fiesta and Rubisaki, while the David Pfeiffer-trained Rocketing By caused an upset last year in defeating Inglis Millennium winner Prime Star and two-time Group 1 victor Ole Kirk.

It replaces a similar race, the Inglis Dash, which was run over 1100m and included Nature Strip and another Group 1 winner, Hellbent, among its six-member honour roll.

“In moving this race to Melbourne and strategically placing it a week before the Newmarket Handicap, it gives a three-year-old a dream opportunity to race in two huge prizemoney races on consecutive weekends and set themselves up for a life at stud," Inglis Bloodstock Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Hutch said.

“The Inglis three-year-old crop at the moment is outstanding with horses like Home Affairs and In The Congo, Profiteer, Sneaky Five, Tiger Of Malay, Lightsaber, Bruckner, Overpass and Mazu among others so it will be exciting to see some of these horses line up down the famous Flemington straight and race for the lucrative finances on offer in the Inglis Sprint and then potentially the Newmarket a week later.”

Trainer Bjorn Baker has confirmed that Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) winner Overpass will line up with Josh Parr set to ride, while Ciaron Maher and David Eustace's Group 3 winner Sneaky Five is set to contest the race first-up.

Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) winner Mazu is another in contention for Triple Crown Syndications and trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, with nominations to close at 12pm on Monday 28 February.

Image caption: September Run is among the recent Inglis Premier graduates to have tasted Group 1 success at Flemington.