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Now the $3 favorite with Sportsbet for the $2m Inglis Millennium, the Justify filly Learning to Fly was badly drawn in Gate 19 of the 16 runners and 4 emergencies, a race over 1100 meters at Randwick.
Purchased by Kia Ora from Coolmore Stud for $900,000 at the 2022 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, she races in Navy Blue Silk of Coolmore with the Kia Ora Stud and other partners.
An easy ¾ length winner of the 1000m Wide Stakes on his only race start, and previous 729m Trial winner Learning To Fly will again be ridden by Chad Scofield for Annabel Nesham.
The Gr3 winner Fastnet Rock mare being from Ennis Hill, Lake Geneva and a full sister to Acrobat, her Piero half-sister from Coolmore sells at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale on 1 April.
The highly rated, $2m Inglis Millennium, the principal of the Inglis Race Series, is a Restricted Listed event for Inglis Sail graduate 2yo’s, and a highlight of the new Golden Slipper pathway.
Now in its fifth year, and first run as the Inglis Classic in 1998, the Inglis Millennium joins the likes of the Coolmore Stud Stakes, the Golden Slipper Stakes and the Inglis Cyrus as a ‘breed shaper’.
Early 2019 $2m Millennium winner Castelvecchio now stands at Arrowfield Stud, and is selling 17 first crop yearlings at this classic sale, while 2021 winner Profiteer is at Newgate Farm.
At $7.50 is the Michael Freedman-trained Blanc de Blanc who drew 16 for James McDonald, who won his first over 900 meters at Newcastle, then finished third in the Inglis Nursery over 1000 metres.
A $650,000 purchase for James Herron bloodstock and the Freeman Brothers at the 2022 Classic Yearling Sale, he is by I Am Invincible, whose yearlings were sold at the Magic Millions for $2.7m, $2.5m, $2m.
From the winner Redoubt’s Choice mare Another Sunday, ¾ sister to the Group 1 King’s Legacy and Not a Single Doubt, and half-sister to the Flight Stakes winner Ohhood, Zizzo’s family.
Also at $7.50 is the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexi-trained Facil, who recently finished second in an 818m trial at Warwick Farm, and previously second by half a head to Saltire from Inglis Nursery.
Pulling the rails for the in-form Brenton Awdulla, he was bought for $420,000 by Ryan and Alexiou Racing at the 2022 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, bought by the 2018 champion 3YO colt Trapeze Artist.
With Trapeze Artist as the leading first crop sire since Harry Angel, the facile Pierro mare I Like It Easy is Gaz’s Choice a half-sister to Atmospheric, the first foal to win by Perron.
With this classic yearling sale taking place on 12, 13, 14 February with a total of 830 lots, its Inglis NSW Bloodstock Manager Chris Russell ‘is thrilled with the quality and depth on offer.’
“The demand for places at the sale was exceptional and the result is the most exciting, diverse and strongest classic catalog we have ever had, knowing this is a progressive sale.”
“It has not only produced recent G1 winners Mazoo, Icebath and Shelby Sixty, but has also had 16 Classic graduates to earn $1m or more in Australia since 2018 exclusively in Classic Legend.”
“It is undoubtedly the best priced early Southern Hemisphere yearling sale, with the average price that an Australian Stakes winner could be bought for on the Classic since 2018 being just over $100,000, putting it ahead of other early season sales Makes it much better value than the . ,
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