While the return of Group 1 racing for 2021 was the headline event for Saturday, the performance of a gun 2yo colt will be all everyone’s talking about after Profiteer’s stunning win in the Inglis Millennium. MICK SHARKIE wraps it all up in his Saturday Hangover.
PROFITEER THE REAL DEAL
Mick Price probably gave the game away when he landed in Sydney earlier this week to oversee Profiteer’s last week of work ahead of the Inglis Millennium – oh, and he had some inspections to do as well ahead of the Inglis Classic sale.
He and training partner Michael Kent Junior won’t have much trouble filling new horses bought next week if the stable keeps churning out talent like Profiteer, the new colt on the block in the lead up to the Golden Slipper.
— Shona Drechsler 🐮🇦🇺🐴 (@ShonaDrechsler) February 6, 2021
He was so good, he even had Gai tweeting!
Well done to the connections of Profiteer (Capitalist), he absolutely blew them out of the water in the #InglisMillennium @NewgateFarm 🚀 ⭐️ 🐎 purchased from the @inglis_sales Classic Sale, good timing 😉 https://t.co/pXZIkWYo2N
— Gai Waterhouse AO (@GaiWaterhouse1) February 6, 2021
“I was a bit concerned when the sectionals came up and he was breaking 11 (sec)…but I thought he was very brilliant on the day…he’s gotta win a Slipper doesn’t he?” said Price.
The $2million race was an absolute fill up for syndicator Roll The Dice Racing, who sold a major portion of Profiteer to Newgate Stud earlier in the week – talk about doubling down!
“You saw the horse, you saw how brilliant he was, he was clearly, clearly the best horse here,” said Price.
Profiteer was smashed in to $4.50 equal favourite in Sportsbet’s Golden Slipper markets following the win.
NICHOLS’ ONE WAY STREET
Some very lucky owners will be recovering from a pretty handy Saturday hangover of their own after Streets Of Avalon bagged his second Group 1 win and dented some equine egos in the process at Caulfield in the Orr Stakes.
Trained by Shane Nichols – who survived a near fatal heart attack in October last year – and ridden by Group 1 winning maiden Zac Spain, Streets Of Avalon showed that summertime at Caulfield is definitely up his alley, adding the Orr to his upset win in the 2020 Futurity Stakes.
Streets Of Avalon’s owners go nuts as he wins another Group 1!
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) February 6, 2021
“The heart was racing I gave it a test out and it came through with flying colours!” joked Nichols after the race.
“I’m just in admiration of this horse, he’s just a warrior…I’m beside myself. I was pretty emotional after the Australia Stakes but now I’m just pumped,” said Nichols.
STREETS OF AVALON holds off Imaging to win the C.F Orr Stakes.🏆
A second Group 1 for his CV and the first Group 1 win for jockey @lil_spaino96. 👏🎉
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) February 6, 2021
While the Streets Of Avalon crew went nuts, those connected to Sir Dragonet were kicking the dirt as their much-hyped Cox Plate winner laboured into seventh place, 9.9-lengths from the winner.
PROBABEEL-Y AN ALL-STAR MILE FAVOURITE
They said she couldn’t win first-up at 1200m, they queried the weight penalty on her back, but Probabeel proved them wrong with a powerhouse win in the Bellmaine Stakes.
The All Star Mile lost some gloss with Sir Dragonet’s defeat in the Orr but who cares about an Irish stayer when we’ve got a brilliant Kiwi mare to froth over in the lead up to Victoria’s $4million novelty race.
A dominant display from our star mare Probabeel as she gears up for the All Star Mile. It’s great to have her back on the track! https://t.co/m0B6FY8aZL
— Cambridge Stud (@CambridgeStud) February 6, 2021
Trainer Jamie Richards had his superstar mare Melody Belle into third in the 2020 All Star Mile, but Probabeel – already a Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner – looks primed to go better in March at The Valley.
“Her trial was just fair without the blinkers but Jamie (Richards) assured me that’s how she can go,” said winning jockey Damien Lane.
Luckily for Lane Probabeel went a lot better than her trial and is now an $8 second favourite for the All Star Mile.
Teramia did the right thing by us last Sunday and put some cash in the pocket for a Sunday sip. AS I PLEASE (Ballarat R 5 No. 1) goes around looking for a third straight win and there’s no reason why he won’t complete the hat-trick. Nice horse to this grade.