First-starter Marseille Roulette survived a wayward path and a protest to win the $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse trained colt flew the coop to lead the lucrative sales-linked race and, despite lugging left in the straight, had enough in reserve to prevail by a half-head. Connections of the favourite Fuerza fired in an objection, however, stewards ruled the winner was more than two lengths clear when he shifted out late in the race.
Marseille Roulette (2c Zizou – Eclectus by Pins) cost $62,000 at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale and is raced by Japanese businessman Tomohiro Sekiguchi. “Gai said be aggressive as he was a bit laid back in his trial,” winning jockey Tommy Berry said. “He switched on very well but the good part was the way he really let down. And he found another gear as soon as he saw the other horse.”
Marseille Roulette was bred and sold by Turangga Farm owner Stuart Ramsey. His NZ bred dam Eclectus won a Gold Coast maiden in March 2008 but she died six months after foaling the Inglis Classic winner.
Turangga sire Zizou (Fusaichi Pegasus) was a Listed winner of the 2006 VRC Maribyrnong Trial at Flemington and he followed up with seconds to Sleek Chassis (G1 Blue Diamond), Meurice (G2 Todman Slipper) and Forensics (G1 Golden Slipper).
Zizou’s initial crop was headed by G2 Singapore Golden Horseshoe winner Pitstop and the Inglis Classic prizemoney will have him climbing up the second season sires’ premiership
Turangga will offer a strong draft of 13 yearlings during the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale that starts on Sunday including four by Zizou.