Artero Wins Inglis 2YO Challenge

Media Release - Friday May 14

Flying Artie colt Artero produced a stunning turn of foot to come from last to first to win the $200,000 Inglis Challenge at Scone.

Jockey Josh Parr had little choice but to go back on the 2YO debutant from barrier 14 but that didn’t stop the juvenile, coming close to the outside fence in the home straight to claim victory in the last stride.

Artero was bred by Greg and Jo Griffin of Lime Country Thoroughbreds with Millennium Thoroughbreds – Lime Country offered the colt in the 2019 Inglis Digital November Online Auction, where their children Jamie and Georgia purchased him for $10,000.


They then re-offered him through the 2020 Classic Yearling Sale in the Highway Session, where Darby Racing purchased him for $26,000.

The David Pfieffer-trained Artero (pictured) defeated Hallowed Son (Hallowed Crown) and Miss Milton (Panzer Division) in the Scone feature.

The victory was a great result for Lime Country, who this week announced they were moving from the Southern Highlands to a new farm at Blandford in the Hunter Valley.

“It’s been a big week and this is just a great result to keep it all going,’’ a delighted Jo Griffin said.

“He was always a very athletic individual and he would have had one of the best pedigrees in the Highway Session last year.

“He was always just so natural and a running type. He’s probably done more at two already than I was expecting he would - I think there’s a lot more to come with this colt and he’ll be a beautiful spring 3YO.’’

Artero as a yearling.

Winning owner Scott Darby was blown away by Artero’s turn of foot.

“Gee they don’t do that on debut too often,’’ an elated Darby said.

“He was back near last so to come from there at your first start and run past such a big field like that, that’s pretty impressive.

“To be honest, we thought with the wide barrier and being his first run he might need it, but he showed us we probably need to stand up and take a bit more notice of him now.

“We’re thrilled, absolutely thrilled. There’s a ton of improvement in him so we need to reassess plans now and see where he ends up, but he’s definitely got plenty of ability.’’

A full sibling to Artero (ex Ella Supero) will be offered at next month’s Great Southern Sale at Oaklands, for which the catalogue will be confirmed next week.

The Inglis Race Series continues at Rosehill tomorrow with the running of the $300,000 Listed Inglis Guineas (1400m).

Trainer David Pfieffer’s big day continued in the feature event when his 6YO Laure Me In (Ad Valorem) was victorius in the Listed Scone Cup.

It was a seventh career win for Laure Me In and took his overall prizemoney to $550,000.

Laure Me In is a $70,000 Premier Yearling Sale buy for Paul Willetts and Topline Thoroughbreds, from the Three Bridges draft.

He was initially a $32,000 Inglis weanling purchase for Willetts from Coolmore.

And in the G3 Dark Jewel Classic, Rocha Clock (Pierro) made it back-to-back wins with a strong victory in the fillies and mares feature.

The John O’Shea-trained and Jason Abrahams-owned Rocha Clock showed plenty of early ability and won last year’s inaugural $250,000 Inglis Bracelet at Flemington on Oaks Day.

She is a $200,000 purchase for Anthony Cummings from the Coolmore draft at the 2018 Easter Yearling Sale.




Race Result - Inglis 2yo Challenge 1100m

Scone Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:06.13
T: David Pfieffer J: J Parr 56.5
2c Flying Artie (AUS) x Ella Supero (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis 2019 NOVEMBER (Early) Online Sale $10,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $26,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo
B: Darby Racing / Will Johnson Bloodstock
Hallowed Son
T: A J Denham J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
2c Hallowed Crown (AUS) x Rock Of Kimberlite (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $20,000
V:Gooree Park Stud, Mudgee
B: Cleveland Bloodstock
Miss Milton
T: Lou Mary J: Jean Van Overmeire 54.5
2f Panzer Division (AUS) x Paradise Lost (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
T: G D Hickman J: A B Collett 54.5
2f Smart Missile (AUS) x Bashful (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $7,000
V:Burke Bloodstock, Martindale
B: M Moyle
Boss Shelby
T: L J Fairhall J: A Adkins 56.5
2g Street Boss (USA) x Chinchilla (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis 2020 MAY Online Sale $13,000
V:Aquis Farm
T: Grant Jobson J: G Buckley 56.5
2g Star Turn (AUS) x Hadiklaim (AUS) (War Pass (USA))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $22,000
V:Blake Ryan Racing, Sydney
B: D Varrica
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $25,000
V:Byerley Stud, Hunter Valley
B: Blackwater Bloodstock
So Fly Baby
T: R P Northam J: Tommy Berry 54.5
2f Flying Artie (AUS) x Babelicious (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $11,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: Rod Northam Racing
Miss Statement
T: K A Lees J: A Gibbons 54.5
2f Press Statement (AUS) x Arziki (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: Australian Bloodstock
T: K J Lantry J: Ms L Day 56.5
2g Wandjina (AUS) x Rich Russian (AUS) (Danerich (AUS))
Inglis 2019 DECEMBER Online Sale $13,000
V:Byerley Stud
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $25,000
V:Jazcom Thoroughbreds, The Oaks
B: J Benson
T: R P Northam J: Reece Jones 54.5
2f Press Statement (AUS) x Ready To Order (NZ) (Perfectly Ready (AUS))
Inglis 2020 APRIL Online Sale $10,000
V:Vinery Stud
T: Danielle Seib J: Tyler Schiller 56.5
2g Al Maher (AUS) x Shezaprospect (AUS) (Eavesdropper (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $30,000
V:Tamac Stud Farm, Walcha
B: Seib Racing
Toldyas I'm Lucky
T: Luke A Thomas J: J Ford 54.5
2f Divine Prophet (AUS) x Toldyas (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $20,000
V:Ambergate Farm, Scone
B: R Stapleford
I Want One
T: K A Lees J: B Avdulla 56.5
2g Super One (AUS) x I Want You (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit (USA))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Davali Thoroughbreds, Luskintyre
B: Australian Bloodstock
Persian Beauty
T: M R Stitt J: Ms R Murray 54.5
2f Shooting To Win (AUS) x Persian Star (AUS) (Shot Of Thunder (AUS))
Sultry Prince
T: Kody Nestor J: Ms M Weir 56.5
2g Sizzling (AUS) x In Other Words (AUS) (Henny Hughes (USA))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: S Ruse
Gunner Bill
T: Joel & Wayne Wilkes J: Dylan Gibbons 56.5
2g Foxwedge (AUS) x Gallivanter Cat (NZ) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: Holdan
MM National Weanling Sale $6,000
V:Gainsborough Lodge Toowoomba Qld
B: Josh Hutchins Bloodstock
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