Widden Bred and Sold Colt Wins $500,000 Inglis Nursery
The $2m Inglis Millennium in February looms as a key target for impressive colt Accession following his victory in the $500,000 Listed Inglis Nursery at Randwick.
At just his second career start, the son of Brazen Beau was given a dream ride by jockey Hugh Bowman, who settled just behind the speed before overpowering the leaders midway up the straight.
Accession is a $300,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase for Star Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller Racing, from the Widden Stud draft.
Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin gave credit to Henry Plumptre for his role in the colt’s selection at Easter.
“Henry assisted Star this year at the yearling sales before he took up his appointment in NZ and coming into Easter I said to Henry I really wanted a Brazen Beau colt because we hadn’t been able to find the right one at any of the other sales,’’ Martin said.
“This colt was very athletic, had a lot of purpose and his attitude was marvellous, which I think is a mark of the breed. Brazen Beau was a wonderful speed racehorse and he suits Australian conditions very well.’’
Martin said that while the final decision would be made by Waller, the $2million Inglis Millennium was now a likely target for the colt.
“We’re well aware there’s a $2m race in February, the Inglis Millennium, and we are now alive in the Inglis Triple Crown for the extra $3m as well, so there are some big decisions to make moving forward,’’ Martin said.
“But as I always say, I leave the management of the horse to Chris, and I keep an eye on the people.
“Kudos to Inglis for presenting this race today and the series, I think it’s outstanding.
“People who buy horses to offer and share ownerships are most appreciative of incentives of this nature.’’
Widden retained a share in the colt, believing he was always going to make it to the top level.
“We had a nice draft at Easter this year, some really lovely horses and this guy was right up there,’’ Widden’s Antony Thompson said.
“He was popular and we wanted to be a part of his racing journey.
“This is certainly a good start and there’s plenty of options ahead now, including of course the Millennium.’’
Bred by Widden stud in partnership, Accession is the first winner for Ready as Elle, a half-sister by More Than Ready (USA) to Champion Singapore Sprinter Emperor Max .
Widden will offer Accession’s Zoustar half-brother at the 2019 Australian Easter Yearling Sale and his dam Ready as Elle had a filly foal by Star Witness this year..