Dawn Passage installed as favourite after 2019 Inglis Millennium barrier draw

February 5, 2019

Dawn Passage installed as favourite after 2019 Inglis Millennium barrier draw

A mid-field barrier has seen Dawn Passage installed as the favourite for the $2m 2019 Inglis Millennium (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Dawn Approach, above, has been installed as the favourite for the 2019 Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Dawn Approach, above, has been installed as the favourite for the 2019 Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Dawn Passage drew barrier seven in the final field of fifteen and will be ridden by Blake Shinn.

Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have Dawn Passage as the $3 favourite for the Inglis Millennium and the Dawn Approach colt holds a slight advantage over  Accession at $3.20 after the Chris Waller trained colt drew awkwardly at gate fourteen.

Dawn Approach created a huge impression with a stunning three and a quarter lengths debut win in a 1000m two year old Handicap at Randwick on Australia Day and co-trained Adrian Bott expects the colt to show some natural improvement at his second race start on the weekend.

“Physically in terms of fitness he was very forward for that first up run, but the improvement to come is from the natural race experience and stepping up to what I feel is more ideal race conditions being at the distance of the 1200m,” Bott said.

“He showed us plenty of potential at home in his trials and this is the race we really wanted to get him to so we only had one chance to qualify him and we really needed to be winning a fortnight ago or at least running second to get in the field.”

“We were confident with his ability to take him to that race.”

“We were probably a little bit taken by how much authority he won with but I guess the way the race panned out with quite a lot of speed and Blake was able to let the race unfold in front of him.”

“He really got him into the perfect position and that is was probably helped him flatter the win a little bit.”

“But it was a great win and he has come off that in great shape and stretching out to the 1200m is probably more to his liking.”

Waterhouse and Bott and will also saddle $15 chance Espaaniyah from barrier six with Tim Clark to ride.

Accession has been equally as impressive as Dawn Approach and is a winner of two of his three race starts and after scoring second up in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick on December 15 proved superior again with a four and a quarter lengths win in the $125,000 Countdown to Golden Slipper Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill on January 19.

Hugh Bowman was aboard Accession for his initial win at Randwick and finds himself back on top after James McDonald rode him to victory at Rosehill.

Final field for the 2019 Inglis Millennium (2yo) (1200m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 211 ACCESSION Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14 56.5kg
2 1 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 7 56.5kg
3 1 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt Joshua Parr 13 56.5kg
4 1x COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 15 56.5kg
5 1 PANDANO Paul Perry Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg
6 4 SOAMI David Pfieffer Jay Ford 9 56.5kg
7 1×8 ESPAANIYAH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 6 54.5kg
8 22×6 BISCARA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Brett Prebble 2 54.5kg
9 2243 BLAZING MISS Mark Newnham Tom Marquand 4 54.5kg
10 225 AVON RIVER James Cummings Glyn Schofield 12 54.5kg
11 38×4 SALOME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 11 54.5kg
12 24 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony McEvoy Corey Brown 8 54.5kg
13 14 MY FIRE PHOENIX John Sargent Tommy Berry 5 54.5kg
14 242 LADY NATURALISTE Matt Cumani Jamie Kah 10 54.5kg
15 MY SWEET FISH John Sargent Andrew Adkins 1 54.5kg

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