Estriella's huge pay day winning Inglis Sprint, Pink Bonus double

Media Release - Saturday March 2

Exciting I Am Invincible  filly Estriella secured a huge pay day for her owners when winning today’s $1m Inglis Sprint at Flemington as well as the $200,000 Inglis Pink Bonus.

It was a dominant win by the 3YO Ciaron Maher trainee, who went straight to the lead for jockey Blake Shinn and never looked in any doubt.

Estrella wins the $1million Inglis Sprint - image Grant Courtney

The victory was her third from just six starts and today’s overall prizemoney and bonus takes her career earnings to just shy of $1m.

Estriella defeated Robrick and Caballus in the Inglis Sprint.

Maher purchased Estriella on behalf of Kevin and Vikki Payne at the 2022 Easter Yearling Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield, who bred the filly alongside Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock.

Vikki Payne – who owns 75% of Estriella – said she only went to Flemington today because Estriella (pictured) was running for the $200,000 Inglis Pink Bonus on top of the $550,000 first prize cheque.


“The Pink Bonus, it’s all mine! It’s a great initiative that Inglis has put on the for the ladies,’’ she said.

“It’s fantastic for racing, we need more ladies involved, definitely.

“I’m very excited, it was a wonderful result. I was very nervous, we were on a funny angle watching the race so we couldn’t quite see who was coming up at her but at the end it was just wonderful.’’

Her husband Kevin added: “No words can describe it, it was an unbelievable win.

“Last night I dreamt it! I was a bit scared when she led but Blake [Shinn] is such a brilliant jockey, he got her into her rhythm and the rest is history.

“We’ve bought horses off Inglis for 40-odd years, we love Inglis, we love everyone there, everyone looks after you, it’s like a family away from the family.

“I feel like I’m at home when I go to any Inglis sale, the people are so great and the product is so great and she’s testament to that. We just love Inglis.’’

Estriella  has now won just shy of $1million in prizemoney - image Grant Courtney

Today’s victory saw Maher extend his lead in the Inglis Race Series Theault Trainers’ Challenge, with just one leg remaining for this season, the $200,000 Inglis Challenge at Scone in May.

Maher – who also received a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for being the winning trainer of an Inglis Race Series Event – described today’s win as “phenomenal’’.

“That was unbelievable,’’ the trainer said.

“She’s a filly that when you buy them, you hope to win a race like this and when you get the Pink Bonus as well, it was exactly that, an added bonus which is fantastic.

“The Inglis Sprint is very fruitful in terms of the purse, added with the Pink Bonus, it’s a $750,000 pay day for her owners today which is better than winning most Group 1s. It’s a great initiative by Inglis and fantastic for the owners and I’m sure they’ll be lining up at the Premier Sale this weekend and Easter coming up.

“Estriella is a very raw filly, she has so much ability. She’s typical of the Vinnie fillies, if you give them the time they generally reward you and she’s got a phenomenal page, mouth-watering.

“Kevin has had some big days but I’m sure this will be right up there for him.’’ - Inglis Release



Race Result - Inglis Sprint 1200m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.10
- 3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Madrigals (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: B Shinn 57.5
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $750,000
Seller: Arrowfield Stud, Scone
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
- 3g Invader (AUS) x Dorotea (AUS) (Lope De Vega (IRE))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: B Melham 58
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $220,000
Seller: Valiant Stud, Aberdeen
Buyer: Ontrack Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
- 3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Calming Influence (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: J Parr 59.5
Inglis October (Early) Online Sale $315,000
Seller: Owners
Buyer: Darby Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,000,000
Seller: Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
Buyer: T Magnier
Mumbai Muse
- 3f Zoustar (AUS) x Mumbai Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: M Zahra 57.5
- 3g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Sunset Affair (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: Jordan Childs 59.5
- 3g Brave Smash (JPN) x Double Dee (AUS) (Dubleo (USA))
Tnr: Nick Ryan Rdr: J Mott 57
Midnight Opal
- 3c Deep Field (AUS) x Cautious (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: Nathan Doyle Rdr: John Allen 57
- 3c Harry Angel (IRE) x Quaff (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: C Newitt 58
- 3g Capitalist (AUS) x Twirl (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: L Currie 57
Navy King
- 3g U S Navy Flag (USA) x Eliza Blues (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Symon Wilde Rdr: D Yendall 57
- 3c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Rock Of Fortune (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: Jamie Kah 57
- 3c Justify (USA) x Fine Scent (AUS) (All Too Hard (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Ben Allen 58
- 3g Pierro (AUS) x Stormcrusher (AUS) (Wanted (AUS))
Tnr: J F Moloney Rdr: Teodore Nugent 57
- 3c Spieth (NZ) x Great Gal (AUS) (All American (AUS))
Tnr: Ms K Buchanan Rdr: Damian Lane 57
Brazen Style
- 3f Brazen Beau (AUS) x In Style (NZ) (Fast 'n' Famous (AUS))
Tnr: S P Nichols Rdr: Zac Spain 57.5
De Sonic Boom
- 3f Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Demasheen (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: A & S Freedman Rdr: M J Dee 57.5
West Of Dalby
- 3f Santos (AUS) x Chinchilla (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Benjamin Smith Rdr: Fred W Kersley 56.5
- 3f Capitalist (AUS) x Lake Como (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Craig Williams 57.5
- 3g Invader (AUS) x Conversely (IRE) (Shamardal (USA))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Jye McNeil 57
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