Wild Planet too strong in Inglis Guineas

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Exciting 3YO Wild Planet benefitted from a perfect Tommy Berry ride to score his second Stakes victory in today’s $300,000 Inglis Guineas at Scone.

Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom x Salutations) was sold for $280,000 at the 2017 Australian Easter Yearling Sale by Arrowfield, out of the same draft that included Champion 2YO Estijaab and star 3YO The Autumn Sun.

He was purchased by Hawkes Racing and Andrew Williams Bloodstock and has now finished in the top three placings at nine of his 11 career starts, earning almost $400,000 in the process.

“It was some draft, and this horse was always a lovely individual,’’ Arrowfield’s John Messara said.

“What’s happening now is the strength of our broodmare band is coming to the fore and we’re lucky to have three in the top 10 stallions, so it’s a nice recipe for success.

“That’s really allowed us to put together some very strong drafts for Easter and will continue to do so moving forward.’’

Winning co-trainer Michael Hawkes said Wild Planet was targeted for the Inglis Guineas due to its significant prizemoney bounty.

“It’s a great race series. This is what it’s all about, there’s owners here from Adelaide and other places to be here to watch this today,’’ Hawkes said.

“Winning is everything, it’s all about the prizemoney and Inglis do it so well with races like this that owners can target for the big prizemoney.
PHOTO: Wild Planet is eased down by Tommy Berry to win the Inglis Guineas at Scone. PICTURE: Steve Hart.

“A horse like this, he’s definitely going the right way.’’

The Hawkes’ received a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for being the winning trainers of an Inglis Race Series event.
Wild Planet beat Military Zone and Wild Power in the Guineas.

Attention now moves to White Park tomorrow for the annual HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale, for which 204 yearlings have been catalogued.

Progeny of 71 sires including Not A Single Doubt, Dundeel, Brazen Beau, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, More Than Ready, Deep Field, Nicconi, Rubick, Smart Missile, Star Witness, All Too Hard and Tavistock are among the catalogue, as are first season offerings by the likes of Exosphere, Press Statement, Kermadec, Super One, Scissor Kick, Headwater, Real Impact, Bull Point, Outreach and Panzer Division.

The sale will begin at White Park at 10am.

To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.

There is also an online sale running at present to complement the yearling sale.

The Scone Online Thoroughbred Sale has attracted a quality catalogue of 146 broodmares, weanlings, yearlings and racehorses.

Bidding has begun and the ‘final countdown of bidding’ will begin at 5pm this Monday, May 13.

To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.