High Esteem put on an impressive front-running display to claim a $100,000 Inglis Bonus in the Connellan Industries Hcp (1700m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
High Esteem (3c Redoute’s Choice – Park Esteem by Singspiel) raced in the G1 Australian Guineas earlier this month and the drop back in grade helped the Peter Moody trained colt career away to a three length win. I was a lucrative result for his connections who banked $148,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.
“He showed us plenty at home and that’s why we went to the Australian Guineas,” stable foreman James Horton said. “That just didn’t quite work out but he went back to win at Sale before coming here and he’s done it very nicely. He will probably go for black-type now either in Adelaide or Sydney.”
Caulfield’s $100,000 Inglis Race Series Bonus follows right on the heels of Road Trippin who claimed a $50,000 Inglis Bonus in the Albury Guineas on Friday.
High Esteem is raced by Cressfield in partnership after the Scone based nursery catalogued him for the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He was knocked down to Moody for $850,000.
His younger brother changed hands for $600,000 at the 2012 Easter Sale when agent James Bester was the successful bidder. Named Great Esteem, he was a very unlucky third in the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 9.
Their Irish bred dam Park Esteem was stakes placed at Newmarket before arriving here to win at Kyneton and Canterbury. She is a three-quarter sister to G1 Derby Italiano winner Central Park (In the Wings) who was later runner-up in the 1999 Melbourne Cup.
Park Esteem has a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and a filly foal by Redoute’s Choice. Cressfield manager Wayne Bedggood bred her back to Fastnet Rock last year.