Royale flush for Triple Crown

Twilight Royale is still alive to claim the new $2.40 million Inglis Triple Crown Bonus after a tough G2 VRC Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m) victory at Flemington.

“She’s got that good turn of foot and  gave me three or four lengths pretty quickly in the straight,” jockey Michael Rodd said.  “She had to fight them off but she’s very good at that.”

Twilight Royale (2f Testa Rossa – Royal Season by Royal Academy) was a $45,000 purchased from Kitchwin Hills at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and has now banked $475,000 after holding off fellow Inglis Sale graduates Shamus Award (Snitzel) and Great Esteem (Redoute’s Choice).

But the biggest payday for the Bjorn Baker trained filly could come in the Inglis Guineas at Scone in May 2014.  It’s the third and final leg of the Inglis Triple Crown Bonus.  “Obviously we will go to Scone next year and Bjorn will start planning whether we put her away in cotton wool or whatever,” part-owner Craig Tognolini said.  “It’s a good lure.

“She won the Inglis Nursery at Warwick Farm and followed up at Mornington in the Inglis Premier.  There are a half-dozen owners and so she has been terrific for us.”

Twilight Royale continued the great run of success for Inglis Yearling Sale graduates in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, with six of the last seven editions of the race being won by Inglis graduates; Twilight Royale, All Too Hard, Running Tall, Rostova, Von Costa de Hero and Incumbent.

Vinery stallion Testa Rossa won the VRC Sires’ in 1999 when it was run at Group 1 level and he has 8 yearlings catalogued for the upcoming 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Vinery Stud will offer the yearling half-sister to Shamus Award as Lot 496 at the Easter Sale, while Cressfield will offer the three-quarter-sister to Great Esteem as Lot 249 at the same auction.

The Inglis Easter catalogue is available online at www.inglis.com.au and on the updated Inglis Sales iPad app