Second Big Randwick G1 for Sebring’s Nettoyer
Back at the scene of their biggest wins, 2020 Doncaster Mile heroine Nettoyer edged out Epsom Handicap heroine Probabeel in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s $1million Group I ATC Moet and Chandon Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
It requires split second timing to get the best out of Nettoyer and Tommy Berry executed it perfectly brining the daughter of Sebring home hard to defeat triple Group I winner Probabeel by a short-head.
Nettoyer had been winless in nine starts since causing a boilover in the Group I Doncaster Mile 12 months ago and was due to be consigned to the Inglis Chairman’s Sale, but trainer Wendy Roach said that has been put on hold.
Wendy Roche said all’s well that ends well but it could quite easily have been one that got away after admitting she had forgot to enter the quirky mare when booking Tommy Berry for the ride.
“Tommy’s manager rang back the next day and said yes (he will take the ride), but you’re not in the race. So, I rang (part-owner) Greg White and his wife Jodie and they paid the late nom ($22,000), so I can pay them back now,” Roche said.
“She’s her own worst enemy. She was naughty in the gates, which was a good sign, but she was naughty last week when she missed the kick by three. She was 20 lengths off them and you can’t do that in a Group 1 against the world’s best horses.
“She’s only got two more starts and then hopefully, if Godolphin’s listening, will be going to Exceed And Excel.”
Nettoyer was a modest $20,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase from the Riversdale draft and was then passed in when offered at the two year-old Inglis Ready2Race Sale.
She has put together the impressive record with seven wins and eight placings from 41 starts with prizemoney in excess of $2.5 million.
Bred by Invermien Pty Ltd, she is the best of five winners from Cleanup, a half-sister by Dehere (USA) to Group III winner She’s Clean from the family of Group I Oaks winners Absolutely, Abbey Marie and also Quantum Mechanic, who finished third to Nettoyer in the Group I Queen of the Turf today.