The Alabama Express Rolls On with Shangri La Express

Mark Smith - Saturday November 11

The fleet-footed Alabama Express colt Shangri La Express kept his record at a perfect two for two with a courageous performance in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Inglis Golden Gift (1100m) at Rosehill.

That was brave (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Regan Bayliss for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, the near-black 2-year-old colt was made to work before tacking up the running.

He looked a sitting shot at the 200m but kept on kicking to defeat the Per Incanto (USA) colt Rue De Royale by one and a quarter lengths with the Snitzel colt Volatile three-quarters of a length back in third.

A two-and-a-half-length winner of the Kirkham Plate at Randwick when on debut the son of Alabama Express has banked $662,500 and is assured of a spot in the Golden Slipper.

“Excellent win. He had to do it pretty hard from that wide gate,” Bott said.


uo;He’s a natural two-year-old, he shows good early speed and sustained speed. He’s got that great ability to be able to quicken off that.

“He did that first-up and he’s been able to put in an even stronger performance second-up today. All the makings of a top class two-year-old.

“He’s going to Magic Millions, but we’ve got big plans for him in the Autumn. We need to see whether there’s enough in the tank to do it all, or whether we just focus on the Slipper.

“He got a bit above himself today, in fairness they all paraded a bit warm. He’s doing everything right. He’s a professional, he came across from the wide gate and just came under Regan.”

Shangri La Express was a $220,000 purchase for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing/Kestrel Thoroughbreds from the Yulong draft at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

That $million feeling (image Steve Hart)

He is the second foal and first runner for the winning Lonhro mare Sent From Above, a daughter of Gooree Stud’s Group III MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes and Group III STC Birthday Card Stakes winner Gamble Me (Rock Of Gibraltar).

Yulong purchased Sent From Above for $125,000 from the Gooree Park Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

Shangri La Express a $220,000 Magic Millions Yearling

After foaling a Written Tycoon colt last spring, Sent from Above revisited Alabama Success.

Also, the sire of the Group III Ottawa stakes winner Karavas, Alabama Success has made an encouraging star to his stud career. The Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice stands at Yulong Stud for $22,000.



Race Result - Inglis Golden Gift 1100m

Rosehill Track: Good(4) Time: 1:03.95
Shangri La Express
- 2c Alabama Express (AUS) x Sent From Above (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Regan Bayliss 56.5
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
Seller: Yulong, Nagambie, Vic
Buyer: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing/Kestrel Thoroughbreds
Rue De Royale
- 2c Per Incanto (USA) x Urban Royal (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: T & C McEvoy Rdr: C Schofield 56.5
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $180,000
Seller: Sledmere Stud, Scone
Buyer: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd / Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
- 2c Snitzel (AUS) x Artemis Rose (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: Tommy Berry 56.5
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $550,000
Seller: Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: China Horse Club/Newgate/Go/Trilogy
- 2c Yes Yes Yes (AUS) x Snitzel's Joy (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: M J Dunn Rdr: A Hyeronimus 56.5
- 2c Blue Point (IRE) x Sistonic (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 56.5
Trafalgar Square
- 2f Churchill (IRE) x Amnesiac (AUS) (Excellent Art (GB))
Tnr: David Payne Rdr: Zac Lloyd 54.5
Miss Judas
- 2f Microphone (AUS) x Sistine Angel (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: Richard & Will Freedman Rdr: J R Collett 54.5
Betta Being Single
- 2f Better Than Ready (AUS) x Not A Single Woman (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Rachel King 54.5
Art's Alive
- 2f Snitzel (AUS) x Novel Dancer (AUS) (Written Tycoon (AUS))
Tnr: Brad Widdup Rdr: J Ford 54.5
War Council
- 2c Royal Meeting (IRE) x Russian Rites (AUS) (Stravinsky (USA))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: K Jennings 56.5
- 2c Deep Field (AUS) x Viviette (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: N Rawiller 57
- 2f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Shesees Everything (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Tnr: R & L Price Rdr: Reece Jones 54.5
- 2c Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Mia Diva (GB) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: G Portelli Rdr: Brock Ryan 56.5
That's Outstanding
- 2c The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Miss Super Quick (USA) (Rock Hard Ten (USA))
Tnr: G Portelli Rdr: Tom Sherry 56.5
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