Mac De Lago Bound for Durban July

Blue Riband produces another Group 1 winner

“Heads up, heads down, there’s nothing in it” roared the caller at Greyville yesterday as Mac De Lago and Trip to Heaven literally fought out the finish of the Group 1 WFA Rising Sun Gold Challenge over 1600m. The eventual winner was Australian bred Mac de Lago after a stewards protest was upheld.

It was the biggest win of Mac de Lago (Encosta de Lago x Macavelli Miss) career, with his last 11 starts being in group company and this his first black type win. He was bought at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale by James Bester as agent for Hassen Adams.

The 4yo gelding is raced by Hassen Adams with a number of partners including C F Delport, Dayalan Chinsammy, Lawrence Pillay, T J Smith & O D T Visser.

After the win, jockey Weichong Marwing said “I thought the outcome was clear cut, this was a great prep for the July and I think Mac de Lago will spark from here.”

Offered at Melbourne Premier as lot 214, he was part of the inaugural Blue Riband session, which is a section of the catalogue for horses whose pedigree and conformation suggests they are likely to excel at 1600m and further. Inglis congratulates all connections as he heads to the Durban July, South Africa’s biggest race over 2200m on the first Saturday in July.

Bred and sold by Coolmore Stud, Mac de Lago is the 26th Group 1 winner for the now retired Encosta de Lago.

The Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale has been a happy hunting ground for our many loyal South African clients over a long period and Mac de Lago joins an impressive honour roll including Triple Group 1 winning sprinter Alboran Sea, Fursa, Arcetri Pink, The Conglomerate, Killua Castle and South Africa’s darling Igugu.

By Inglis

Note: Another outstanding Encosta De Lago colt, which was also sourced out of the Inglis Premier sale, is the Encosta De Lago x Raging Inferno colt which Triple Crown currently have shares available in. He is a real exciting stallion prospect. If you would like to register your interest in this colt please contact Chris or Michael Ward today on info@triplecrown.com.au or 02 9499 5212.