On Saturday John Sadler’s Flemington galloper Little Bro will shoot for their third career win when they step up in class and take on a quality field of rivals in the rich Inglis 3YO Guineas 2012 at Scone.
Thanks to the generous support of William Inglis and Sons this year the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) is worth a juicy $500,000, a prize Sadler and Malua Racing hope will belong to their up-and-coming Al Maher gelding Little Bro.
The youngster has raced four times to date having won their opening two starts, and were last seen running second to Seeking Chi over 1400m in a Benchmark 72 at Sale on May 6.
Well aware of the task ahead Little Bro’s connections said the increased prize money on offer was worth throwing the horse into the deep end for.
“It’s great money for a restricted race,” stable spokesman Troy Corstens said.
“When it’s a restricted race for half a million you have to have a throw at the stumps.”
Last year’s Inglis Guineas was won by subsequent Stradbroke Handicap winner Sincero.
This year a number of hopefuls heading towards the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9 during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival will look to follow in Sincero’s footsteps, most notably the Tim Martin-trained Pampelonne.
The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding comes off back-to-back wins for the season most recently putting one and a quarter lengths on Fox to take out the Listed Gosfrod Guineas (1200m).
The Gosford Guineas was the same race Sincero won on way to his Inglis Guineas success 12 months ago.
Pampelonne needs to win on the weekend to earn a Stradbroke start as they currently sit 43rd on the order of entry.
Despite this they are the $10 third favourite in the Stradbroke Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au following the Peter Snowden-trained Mental ($8) who runs in the Fred Best Classic at Doomben on Saturday, and last weekend’s eye-catching BTC Cup winner Sea Siren ($9).
The other major Stradbroke hope in the Guineas on Saturday is then the John O’Shea-trained Hussonet filly Colorado Claire.
A stablemate of Sea Siren, Colorado Claire also needs to win at Scone to move up the Stradbroke Handicap ballot.
She currently sits 38th on the order of entry, something that has infuriated O’Shea considering she beat home the boys in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last time out.
Pampelonne and Colorado Claire are also the two horses Little Bro’s connections are most wary of.
“Obviously it’s a bloody good race with a couple of pretty smart ones,” Corstens said.
“Our horse is a really nice horse.
“Whether he’s up to the likes of Colorado Claire and Pampelonne at this stage of his career is debatable but you just never know.”
The official 2012 Inglis 3YO Scone Guineas field and barriers will be released tomorrow and published right here at Races.com.au.
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