promising three year-olds contested the Benchmark 67 event at Randwick on
Sunday and at the post there was nothing between a very smart filly and colt.
Hoybell (pictured as a yearling) was the most expensive filly by champion sire Encosta de Lago sold in 2011 and kicked her career off with a debut win at Canterbury on September 5.
She was back in the winners list again today, but had to share the honour with Darley's well bred colt Perdicaris, a half-brother by Exceed and Excel to dual Group III winner and multiple Group I placed Retrieve.
The talented duo hit the line locked together, Hoybell diving through on the inside late with Perdicaris surging to the line out wide, the favourite King Cobia in third place a long head away.
Both youngsters look to have bright futures and will no doubt be looking to target Black Type events.
Hoybell was a $690,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Ingham Racing from the draft of Willow Park Stud and is the first foal of former top class Kiwi filly Satinka, winner of the Group II Eight Carat Classic and Royal Stakes.
Chris Waller would have had a keen interest in this filly when she arrived at his stables as her mother Satinka is a half-sister to the dam of his great stable favourite Rangirangdoo, a $2million earner with highlight wins in the Group I AJC Doncaster Handicap and ATC George Ryder Stakes.
Hoybell has provided a great result for her breeder John Madgwick giving Satinka a winner with her first foal and the Stravinsky (USA) mare is due to foal again this spring to Fastnet Rock, the mating replicating the cross that is responsible for four-time Group I winner Mosheen.
Perdicaris is one of four winners from English stakes-winner Hold to Ransom (USA), who is due to foal to Bernardini (USA).