Invader 2YO Vegas Raider Flies Home in Inglis Challenge

Mark Smith - Friday May 13

Just three-quarters of a length covered the first five across the line in Friday’s $200,000 Inglis Challenge at Scone, but there is no denying the well-supported debutant Vegas Raider was a worthy winner.

Ridden by Jason Collett for David Pfieffer, the 2yo gelded son of Invader came widest of all from well back to defeat the Headwater colt River Danzka by a long neck with the Capitalist filly Invest In Love a head back in third.

It was back-to-back wins in the race for Pfieffer following Artero last year.



uo;We were worried how far back he would get, but we were confident he would get through the wet track,” Pfieffer said.


“It panned out well for him. They went hard up front, and he tracked into the race at the right time. The horse and Jason did the rest.

“It’s great to win this race again, especially for a new team, Strong Bloodstock. They are only a young company, and they have supported me over the last twelve months. It’s good to repay them with a nice race.”    

Vegas Raider a $38,000 Inglis HTBA May Yearling

Jason Collett said the son of Invader has untapped ability but has a lot to learn.

“He did a lot wrong today. He played up in the barriers and didn’t step cleanly,” Collett said.

“I think I was last early, had a look underneath, but thought I better stay wide.

‘He just had more class than them.”

An $8,000 pinhook from the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft at the 2020 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Vegas Raider made $38,000 to the bid of David Pfieffer Racing / Strong Bloodstock from the Fairview Park Stud consignment at the 2021 Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale.

He is the second winner from three to race from the unraced Casino Prince mare Casino Lass, a half-sister to triple Group II winner Trusting, who placed in five Group 1s, AJC Epsom H., George Main Stakes, STC Golden Rose Stakes, ATC Chipping Norton Stakes, and WATC Kingston Town Classic.  

Tim Martin purchased a brother to Vegas Raider from the Amarina Farm draft at the 2022 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Casino Lass was covered by new Widden Stud recruit Dirty Work last spring.

Bred by Danny Molloy, Vegas Raider is the sixth first crop winner for Aquis Farm’s Invader.

The son of Snitzel is the fourth leading first-crop sire for individual winners and will vault to eighth on earnings.

Invader will stand at a fee of $22,000 at Aquis Farm this spring.  



Race Result - Inglis 2yo Challenge 1100m

Scone Track: Heavy(8) Time: 1:05.65
Vegas Raider
T: David Pfieffer J: J R Collett 56.5
2g Invader (AUS) x Casino Lass (AUS) (Casino Prince (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $38,000
V:Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold
B: David Pfieffer Racing / Strong Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $8,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: M Egge
River Danzka
T: Brad Widdup J: J Bowman 56.5
2c Headwater (AUS) x Miss Danzka (AUS) (Danzero (AUS))
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $34,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: DGA Bloodstock
Invest In Love
T: Bjorn Baker J: K Mc Evoy 54.5
2f Capitalist (AUS) x Loveitt (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: Darby Racing
Pocket Picker
T: M K Mason J: Mitchell Bell 56.5
2g Flying Artie (AUS) x Little Black Fish (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Twist Top Lodge
T: R S Englebrecht J: Tom Sherry 54.5
2f Caravaggio (USA) x Uncommon (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $54,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: S Englebrecht
Raging Rush
T: C Lundholm J: Elissa Meredith 56.5
2c Sooboog (AUS) x Fiery Redhead (AUS) (Jet Spur (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $19,000
V:Mane Lodge, Sutton
B: C Lundholm / RM Racing
Gossip Torque
T: Billy Healey J: Tommy Berry 54.5
2f Capitalist (AUS) x Gossip Queen (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $60,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Billy Healey Racing / Furlong Bloodstock
Sizzle Minizzle
T: Brett Robb J: G Buckley 56.5
2g Sizzling (AUS) x Greenmount Belle (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $35,000
V:Merricks Station, Merricks
B: Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)
Seaside Sandy
T: Claire Lever J: Ms W Costin 54.5
2f Real Impact (JPN) x Sandcastles (AUS) (Hinchinbrook (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: C Lever Racing / T & B Browning
Black Alexandra
T: J N Englebrecht J: Reece Jones 54.5
2f Denman (AUS) x Miss Marilyn (AUS) (Redente (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $32,500
V:Ashleigh Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: U Crosson
Everyone's A Star
T: J N Englebrecht J: P Scorse 54.5
2f Star Turn (AUS) x Pietra (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: U Crosson
Play My Song
T: Justin Bowen J: Tyler Schiller 54.5
2f Jukebox (AUS) x Anastasia Winni (AUS) (Strada (AUS))
Stellar Style
T: Angela Graham J: L P Rolls 54.5
2f Astern (AUS) x Runway Ready (AUS) (Zoffany (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session $32,500
V:Silverdale Farm, Avoca
B: N Kerr / R M Racing Group
Owl Witness
T: R & L Price J: Brock Ryan 56.5
2g Star Witness (AUS) x Dora's Ready (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $19,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: P McGregor
T: P M Perry J: Clayton Gallagher 56.5
2g Press Statement (AUS) x Vatili (AUS) (Olympus (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: C Lee
T: A J Denham J: Ashley Morgan 54.5
2f Spieth (NZ) x Star Effort (AUS) (Casino Prince (AUS))
Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Evergreen Stud Farm, Heatherbrae
B: S Fulton
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $5,000
V:Evergreen Stud Farm, Heatherbrae
B: S McPhee
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