A Fastnet Rock 1-2 at Bendigo

Mark Smith - Wednesday September 2

There were mixed emotions for the Chittick family of Waikato Stud following the running of a competitive class 1 over 1400m at Bendigo on Wednesday as their colourbearer Early Morning Rise had to play second fiddle to the promising Irish Playboy, a son of the Waikato Stud-bred dual Group 1 winning Savabeel mare Scarlett Lady,

A 1-2 for Fastnet Rock as Irish Playboy gets the better of Early Morning Rise (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

In a race that featured three 3yos that had won their only start, both the winner and runner-up are by the champion Fastnet Rock.

The Danny O’Brien-trained mare Early Morning Rise had been on her own for a long way in the straight before Michael Poy found a seam on the Henry Dwyer-trained gelding Irish Playboy who shuffled back to near last on the turn after being cluttered up on the rail, before powering home to win by a long-neck.

The Fighting Sun gelding Inspired Sun was doing his best work at the finish to be a further one and a half lengths back in third.

It w

as the second win on the trot for Irish Playboy who had opened his winning account at Swan Hill after finishing second in two of his previous three starts.

Bred by Max Whitby and Neil Werrett, Irish Playboy was a $300,000 purchase by Henry Dwyer Racing / Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA) out of the Kitchwin Hills draft at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Irish Playboy was a $300,000 Inglis Easter Yearling

He is the second winner from three to race out of the top-class Scarlett Lady (Savabeel) who was trained by Graeme Rogerson to win the Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm and Group 1 New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie and a further four stakes races.

Scarlett Lady has an unraced 3to Snitzel filly named Tickle Me Scarlett in the Kris Lees stable and a 2yo Snitzel colt named Enjolras who is in the stable of Brad Widdup.

After missing to Snitzel in 2018, Scarlett Lady was one of 149 mares to visit triple Crown hero Justify (USA) at his first season at Coolmore in 2019.



Race Result - The Big Screen Company Hcp-C1 1400m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.57
Irish Playboy
T: Henry Dwyer J: Michael Poy 59
4g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Scarlett Lady (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone
B: Henry Dwyer Racing / Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA)
Early Morning Rise
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 59
4m Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Kay's Awake (NZ) (Towkay (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $225,000
V:Monovale Farm
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Inspired Sun
T: V L Malady J: D W Stackhouse 60.5
4g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Cape Moss (AUS) (Cape Cross (IRE))
T: C J Waller J: D Oliver 60.5
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Bit Of Cheek (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Epic Ranger
T: Robert Hickmott J: J Bowditch 59
3g Choisir (AUS) x Northwest (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $100,000
V:Meredith Park, Sutton Forest, NSW
B: W Tang
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 59
3g Deep Field (AUS) x Apocrypha (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
T: K L Corstens J: Jye McNeil 61.5
4g Strategic Maneuver (AUS) x Ladari (AUS) (Ladoni (GB))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 61.5
4h Anacheeva (AUS) x Miss Ireland (AUS) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $20,000
V:Chatswood Stud, Seymour
B: Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Pty Ltd
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