Triple Success in Inglis Classic

By Aushorse
ANZ Bloodstock News

Triple Crown Syndications continued its fantastic run of success in the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Randwick, winning the race for the third time in seven years with Peggy Jean (2f, Myboycharlie).

“This is a tremendous thrill to win the race again with Peggy Jean”, said Triple Crown’s Chris Ward.

“We have won this previously with Miss Independent in 2008 and Cavalry Rose in 2012, it’s a race that we are really fond of as we love purchasing horses from the Inglis Classic sale.

“Being a sales based race it is a great opportunity for people to target after you have picked up a horse from the Inglis Classic sale, a sale that we have targeted over the last few years and thankfully we keep finding a nice horse from”.

Purchased by Triple Crown Syndications for $46,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic sale from the Torryburn Stud draft, Peggy Jean is the first foal of the Lago Delight mare Lady Of Love. She has now amassed $181,425 in  prizemoney from her two starts.

Peggy Jean is a lovely athletic filly and that impressed us”   

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Peggy Jean’s winning connections (Photo: SPORTPIX)

“When we go to the sales we look for two things – genetics and physical confirmation.

“We identified that her sire Myboycharlie is a stallion that we thought would work really well here in Australia, especially after the success of Charlie Boy who we picked up the year prior, and we were able to find this filly”.

Ward feels that Peggy Jean will continue to improve with racing and also a step up in distance.

“Her trainer Gerald Ryan is adamant that she will be best suited at 1400m and possibly a mile, so we are quite keen to give her a step up in trip”, said Ward.

“At this stage, races like the VRC or ATC Sires Produce Stakes are being considered, hopefully leading to the 1600m of the Champagne Stakes at the end of the autumn.

“This program may or may not include the Golden Slipper Stakes, it will all depend on what the filly tells us as to the distance she races at. “The way that she came through her debut run at the Kensington track when runner up was really impressive so we are hoping that she will come through this performance just as well and then we can press on”.

Ward is pleased that many of Peggy Jean’s owners were able to be trackside on Saturday to witness her success.

“We have a large group of people involved in Peggy Jean, so it was great that we could have people fly in from Melbourne and Brisbane to be a part of the day”, said Ward.

“One of the owners, John Saunders, has been in quite a few horses with us and he is having a great level of success.

“John’s horses have included both Charlie Boy and Dothraki, and they both ran in the Golden Slipper last year and have continued on”.

Saunders, an insurance broker and new racing convert, has hit the ground running with Triple Crown, with his  success bringing him a great deal of excitement and enjoyment.

“I have little knowledge of the racing industry, in  fact I only got involved due to a client who is based in Melbourne always talking positively to me about the experience  of owning racehorses”, said Saunders.

“I decided to get involved but wanted to do it with a Sydney based  syndicator as it is where I live.

“After doing a fair amount of research on syndicators and ringing a few contacts, I decided to go with Triple Crown as they came with great recommendations.

“The first horse I bought into was Charlie Boy and I just had to get involved in him for one great reason – Charlie Boy is by Myboycharlie out of the mare  Maritime, my father was a seaman and when he was learning the craft they were all called Charlies, it just made  sense.

“It has grown from there, I now have a stake in another seven horses with Triple Crown”.

Saunders has also  involved his partner Victoria Johnson in racehorse ownership, securing her a stake in Dothraki.

“When I originally  contacted Triple Crown, I didn’t even tell my girlfriend Victoria about it so it is great that she is now involved”, said Saunders.

“Our passion for racing is building, we are looking at joining the ATC and becoming more involved.

“Victoria has told me that she has never seen me as excited as I am when watching our horses race, last year’s Golden  Slipper is the perfect example – we didn’t win but it was great to be involved.

“When I first started out I didn’t even  know what a barrier trial was, people laughed at me when I asked, but I am learning more about the industry as I go.

“I am not really a punter but I am starting to get an understanding of breeding and that really interests me”.

Saunders also has a stake in another promising Triple Crown Syndications two year old, Brazen Moss (2c, Mossman).

“Brazen Moss has only had the one start to date and he was luckless, but finished alongside the Magic Millions winner Unencumbered”, said Saunders.