Inglis Sires’ Tips - Track conditions crucial for final decision

  • May pay to forgive Tenley
  • Castelvecchio better suited out in trip.
Castelvecchio wins the Inglis Millennium (PA Images)

We should see a much-improved effort from Castelvechio in Saturday’s Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick – and that makes him the one to beat. 

Having come from last to win a Canterbury maiden, the son of Dundeel went to the $2 million Inglis Millennium (1200m) at Warwick Farm and did the same when charging home from last to win by two lengths from Accession. 

With a month between runs, he went to the Skyline Stakes (1200m) and flashed home from the rear to be beaten 3.3 lengths by Microphone – he also beat home Accession by half a length.

Visually, the performance was ultra-impressive as he rocketed home late when it looked like he was going to run last at the 600m mark. 

However, his final 600m (33.96) and 200m (11.48) didn’t reflect that of a spectacular performance, and a few of Saturday’s rivals have returned better figures at the track and trip.

They include: Dubious (33.84 and 11.40), Bellevue Hill (33.88 and 11.48) and Tenley (33.24 and 11.16).

So, while I was thinking Castelvecchio clearly had the best turn of foot in the Inglis Sires’, it is Tenley that has produced the best sectionals in a 1200m at Randwick. 

Tenley also recorded the fastest overall time (1:08.34) which gives more credit to her closing sectionals. 

Tenley clearly didn’t want to go a yard on the Heavy track in the Golden Slipper where she finished 13.6 lengths from Kiamichi, and it might pay to forgive her that one bad run. 

If the Inglis Sires’ was over 1200m and run on a Good track, I’d clearly have Tenley on top, but it’s a 1400m race, and the track condition will be the determining factor for me. 

Randwick was rated a Soft 6 on Wednesday, and with temperatures above 20 degrees until Saturday and little to no rain predicted, we may get back to a Good-rated track. 

On breeding, Tenley is by Medaglia D’oro who sired Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) winner Astern who was out of the Exceed And Excel mare Essaouira who was a winner over 1000m in two starts. 

Tenley’s dam, Fratianne, was by Lonhro and was a winner over 1200m – so there is nothing on breeding to say Tenley won’t run a strong 1400m. 

Castelvecchio on the other hand will lap up every inch of it and more, and in fact, he should significantly improve over further seeing he is by Dundeel and out of St Therese who also produced last year’s Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) winner Maid Of Heaven. 

Castelvecchio’s dominant Inglis Millennium win was on a Soft track, so if we are in the Soft range, he’ll be perfectly suited. 

My gut tells me Castelvecchio win win this and then smash them in the Champagne Stakes (1600m), but my head is saying ‘forgive Tenley.’

It’s interesting to note James McDonald has jumped off Tenley and sides with Loving Gaby, but I’m not sure he’s got this one right. 

At enticing odds for both Castelvecchio and Tenley, I’ll be having something on both. 


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