Top 5 Inglis Sires’ winners
The Inglis Sires’ (1400m) is the second leg of the Sydney Triple Crown for the two-year-olds and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Inglis Sires’ winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Inglis Sires’ winners.
1. PIERRO (2012)
Unbeaten as a two-year-old, Pierro took out the Triple Crown in Sydney in 2012 with the Inglis Sires’ the middle race, sandwiched in between the Golden Slipper (1200m) and the Champagne Stakes (1600m). In the Inglis Sires’, the Gai Waterhouse galloper defeated All Too Hard, the horse that would eventually knock him over for the first time with that defeat coming in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) late that year. That pair also filled the placings in the Cox Plate (2040m) behind Ocean Park that year. After placing 3rd in the weight-for-age championship, Pierro returned in the autumn to pick up a couple more Group 1 races, retiring with 11 wins from 14 starts with five of those wins coming at the highest level.
2. DANCE HERO (2004)
Like Pierro, Dance Hero is up there as one of the best ever two-year-olds we have seen. Another Waterhouse galloper that picked up the Triple Crown for the two-year-olds, he was dominant ahead of Wager and Fastnet Rock in this race in 2004. He knocked over the future Cox Plate winner, Savabeel in the Champagne Stakes and in the Golden Slipper he was too good for the gun Victorian filly Alinghi. While he slowed down a bit as an older horse he was good enough to win the Group 1 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day at Flemington as a four-year-old and retired with 10 wins from 33 starts.
3. GUELPH (2013)
After missing out in the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and the Golden Slipper in 2013, Guelph really came into her own when stepping up to slightly longer trips. The outstanding filly in the Darley colours for Peter Snowden, Guelph claimed the Sires, turning the tables on Overreach, who won the Slipper a few weeks earlier. The daughter of Exceel And Excel would then claim the Champagne Stakes before going on with the job as a three-year-old, defeating Sydney and Melbourne’s best in the Flight Stakes and the Thousand Guineas (1600m).
4. ASSERTIVE LAD (2000)
Another precocious type from the Waterhouse yard, Assertive Lad picked up this race at the beginning of the millennium from Reenact. A winner of two races prior to the turn of the century, Assertive Lad defeated Belle Du Jour in the Gold Coast Magic Millions before placing 3rd behind that horse in the Golden Slipper. He took out the Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old but is also remembered for skipping to a three-length win in the 2001 edition of the Doncaster, defeating Shogun Lodge that day.
5. HELMET (2011)
Another that raced under the Darley banner was Helmet and the son of Exceed And Excel was one that didn’t come out of the Golden Slipper. He took out the Inglis Sires’ after leaping up from a Handicap race and went on to win the Champagne Stakes when leading all the way. In the spring, he missed out behind Manawanui in the Golden Rose but turned the tables on that horse when capturing the Caulfield Guineas as a $2.20 favourite. A winner of six of 13, he headed to stud after a failed overseas campaign.