Gelding Might be the Making of Express Pass

Tara Madgwick - Saturday August 29

Saturday racing started well for Newgate Farm’s value sire Wandjina with his talented sprinter Express Pass, scoring a stylish victory at Caulfield, his second win in a row since being gelded.

Express Pass salutes at Caulfield - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

The handsome bay has always shown above average talent in the Nick Ryan stable being stakes-placed twice from his first three starts, but indifferent form after that has seen him gelded, which appears to have been a winning move.

Express Pass overcame difficulties to win at Bendigo when resuming on July 29 and kept up the good work when finishing off with a rush to win the Benchmark 78 event over 1100m by the best part of a length.



“This horse has always shown promise and now that he’s been gelded has been able to string a couple wins together,” said Nick Ryan.

Express Pass was a modest $38,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold purchase for JJ Consultants / Nick Ryan Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft and has the overall record of three wins and three placings from nine starts with prizemoney in excess of $125,000.

He is the best of three winners from well related More Than Ready (USA) mare Pass the Parcel, who comes from the family of Group I winners Kementari and Sterling City. She was covered again by Wandjina last spring.

Now with his mind on the job, Express Pass looks a future stakes-winner for Snitzel’s Group I winning son Wandjina, who stands at Newgate Farm at a fee of $11,000 this spring.




Race Result - Evergreen Turf (Bm78) 1100m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 1:04.01
Express Pass
T: Nick Ryan J: R Mc Leod 58.5
4g Wandjina (AUS) x Pass The Parcel (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $38,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: JJ Consultants / Nick Ryan Racing
T: J F Moloney J: D Oliver 58.5
4g Stratum (AUS) x Matron (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: P & P Snowden J: Damian Lane 56
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Devoirs (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $900,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: China Horse Club/Newgate Bstock/Stonestreet
T: G & A Williams J: Liam Riordan 60
4g Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Storm Alert (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR))
Riddle Me That
T: M M Laurie J: D W Stackhouse 60.5
4g Deep Field (AUS) x Justine Coup (NZ) (Entrepreneur (GB))
T: J W Price J: M Zahra 56.5
4m Al Maher (AUS) x Poco Gusto (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey
B: J Price
Royal Performance
T: L Smith J: Chris Caserta 59.5
5g Camelot (GB) x Let's Get Famous (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / Dalziel Racing / Mr P Moody
A Good Yarn
T: M J McKenzie J: Jarrod Fry 60
7g O'Lonhro (AUS) x Little Thread (AUS) (Inflate (USA))
T: D J McCarthy J: Dylan Dunn 59
6g Nicconi (AUS) x Very Bright (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $34,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: D W Strain
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Select Session $8,000
V:Turangga Farm, Scone
B: I Callander
The Closer
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Teodore Nugent 56.5
5m Dundeel (NZ) x Miss Evasive (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / W Ballantine
T: A & S Freedman J: Jye McNeil 58
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Night War (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Freedman Brothers Pty Ltd
Reward With Return
T: Nathan Hobson J: C Newitt 60.5
7g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Elle's Decree (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Ballarto Lodge, Pakenham South
B: N Hobson
T: Ms G Johnstone J: Lachlan King 57.5
8g Lonhro (AUS) x Our Lona (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
T: Shea Eden J: D Dunn 59
5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Our Fame (AUS) (Bellotto (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Ampulla Lodge, Bunyip, Vic
B: Eden Racing
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $100,000
V:Kambula Stud Kadina SA
B: Ascot Farm/Ampulla Lodge
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