John Moore maintained his outstanding record with graduates from Widden Stud at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale when Admiration defeated a top class field in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Admiration (Encosta de Lago) was a $625,000 buy at the 2009 Easter Sale. He settled in fourth under Aussie jockey Brett Prebble and, once balanced, lengthened impressively to pass G1 galloper Able One and then hold off the late finish of short-priced favourite Glorious Days.
Admiration is the first foal of stakes winning Redoute’s Choice mare Provence. The dam is a three-quarter sister to 2008 G1 Hong Kong Sprint winner Inspiration.
Inspiration was also trained by Moore for $420,000 from Widden’s draft at the 2005 Easter Sale. A year later, the Hong Kong trainer purchased G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup winner Happy Zero for $425,000 from Widden at the Newmarket sale.
Widden Stud has a strong draft of 41 yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, including a More Than Ready half-brother to Admiration.
Encosta de Lago is represented by 47 yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale. There are two that carry the same Redoute’s Choice cross as Admiration.
Admiration was the second Group 2 winner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire on the weekend. The Arrowfield champion is also the damsire of Saturday’s G2 Karrakatta Plate winner Luke’s Luck.