Inglis graduates had all the bases covered at the Adelaide and Sydney carnivals on Saturday. Leading the charge was the one and only Black Caviar who made it 20 from 20 in the G1 Robert Sangster Classic at Morphettville.
Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) was a $210,000 graduate from Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud draft at the 2008 Melbourne Premier. The Sangster Classic was the 10th Group 1 win for the unbeaten mare and took her earnings to almost $5.50 million.
In typical style, she had plenty to spare in Adelaide with the final margin being more than four lengths. “She had a nice gallop,” trainer Peter Moody said. “It’s fabulous to see the all people here to enjoy the day and I don’t think there was ever too much concern.”
Moody suggested a return to Adelaide is on the cards for the G1 Goodwood Hcp next month before Black Caviar heading to England for the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Also in Adelaide, Invest (Dehere) carried the Newhaven Park Stud colours to victory in the G1 Australasian Oaks. She was a $450,000 graduate of the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale.
Trainer Clarry Conners gave all the credit for the win to his son Heath. “We aimed her for this race a long time ago,” he said. “We missed Sydney and sent her to Heath’s property at Geelong.
“I have only seen her four times,” he said. “But I’m a great trainer on the telephone!”
On the last day of the Sydney autumn carnival at Randwick, it was the turn of Niwot (G1 Sydney Cup) and Fat Al (LR Frank Packer Plate) to fly the Inglis flag.
Niwot (Galileo) was a $200,000 buy at the 2006 Inglis Easter Sale and the Sydney Cup victory capped off one of the most remarkable comebacks of recent times. Niwot had been sidelined for 18 months before returning to claim the LR Andrew Ramsden and LR Lexus Quality at Flemington earlier this season.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Fat Al (Al Maher) completed the Carbine Club – Frank Packer Plate double at Randwick. He was a cheap $27,000 buy at the 2010 Easter II Sale.
Waterhouse claimed the same double back in the 1995 with Juggler. He went on to become a genuine Group 1 galloper and Waterhouse believes Fat Al can also make his way to the top.