February 4, 2021
The Australian Turf Club joins with the nation’s largest and oldest bloodstock business Inglis at Royal Randwick this Saturday for the third running of the $2 million Inglis Millennium for two year olds.
The Inglis Millennium features a capacity field with a portion of prizemoney tallied on the official Prizemoney Order of Entry for the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper, to be run on 20 March at Rosehill Gardens.
Saturday’s nine-race card also features the $1 million Inglis Sprint for three year olds and the return of one of Australia’s best colts in Ole Kirk.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Racing and Wagering James Ross said the two feature races in just their third year had already added great depth to the Sydney racing calendar ahead of the prestigious Autumn Carnival.
“The Inglis Millennium and Inglis Sprint have attracted high quality fields from stables around Australia and after only a few renewals are becoming feature races leading into the Sydney carnival,’’ Mr Ross said.
“The ATC was delighted to make eligible almost $70,000 – up to the equivalent of a Listed two year old winner – towards qualifying prizemoney for the Longines Golden Slipper.
“We are also thrilled with the quality of entries in the Inglis Sprint including dual Group-1 winner Ole Kirk, last year’s Millennium winner Prime Star, along with such a high-class filly in Dame Giselle.’’
The Mick Price and Michael Kent trained colt Profiteer is a dominant $1.75 TAB favourite in the Inglis Millennium with champion jockey Hugh Bowman aboard.
The winner of his only start at Flemington sits on the third line of early TAB betting for the Longines Golden Slipper.
Golden Gift winner Sneaky Five ($8.50 TAB) for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable and jockey Regan Bayliss, and Ashema ($8.50 TAB) trained by Annabel Neasham and ridden by premiership pacesetter Tommy Berry are next in betting.
In the $1 million Inglis Sprint, the Hawkes Racing trained Ole Kirk resumes from a spell following victories in two of Australia’s biggest Spring three year old Group 1 features, the De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas.
He is a $2.45 TAB favourite for jockey James McDonald, ahead of the highly-credentialed filly Dame Giselle ($3.70 TAB), trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and ridden by Tommy Berry.
Dame Giselle won three of the four legs of the Darley Princess Series in the Sydney Spring.
The Bopper ($6 TAB) for trainer Kris Lees and jockey Hugh Bowman and 2020 Millennium victor Prime Star ($12 TAB) for trainers Richard and Michael Freedman and jockey Tim Clark are next in markets.
Saturday also sees the running of the Group 3 Aquis Eskimo Prince Stakes and more of the nation’s very best three year olds returning for the Autumn.
Boom Hawkes Racing colt North Paciifc ($2.30 TAB) with James McDonald and Peltzer ($5 TAB) for trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou and jockey Tim Clark head betting.
The Royal Randwick track was rapidly improving to a soft 6 on Thursday morning with further favourable weather predicted ahead of Saturday.
A track report recorded with Royal Randwick Racecourse Manager Michael Wood is available here:
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