Shall Be Takes Aim at Inglis Challenge

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 24

The promising 2-year-old Shalaa (IRE) colt Shall Be will target the $200,000 Inglis Challenge to be run on May 17 at Scone Racecourse after breaking his maiden in the New Era Technology Maiden Plate at Newcastle on Wednesday.

Ridden by Ashley Morgan for Mark Minervini, Shall Be made all the running to defeat the Brutal gelding Aged Care by three-quarters of a length, with the Epaulette filly Glorioso a long head back in third.

Run down in the closing stages by the promising I Am Invincible filly Rantan over the same distance and track at his debut on April 3, Shall Be earned a shot at the Inglis Challenge, which is restricted to 2-year-olds nominated to the Inglis Race Series that were offered at the Inglis HTBA Scone Yearling Sale.


“I reckon he will be around the money for sure,” Minervini said.

“He will go to Scone, a fit, well-educated horse, and 1100m will be no worry. It will take something smart to beat him.”

Morgan said the son of Shalaa (IRE) is improving.

“He is a really nice horse who is still quite raw,” Morgan said.”

“He has natural ability, but when I went for him he is quite hard to ride out and wanted to get off the track. The plan was to get this race out of the way and head to Scone over 1100m, which will suit him.”

Shall Be an $8,000 Inglis HTBA yearling

After failing to meet his reserve at the Inglis Classic, Shall Be was purchased for $8,000 by Minervini Racing / GB Bloodstock (NZ), when offered by Willow Park Stud at the 2023 Inglis HTBA Yearling Sale.

He is the fourth winner for  the talented Not A Single Doubt mare Belle De Jeu, the winner of four in New Zealand.

A half-sister to Group III AJC Sweet Embrace Stakes winner and Golden Rose runner-up Stripper (Danehill Dancer), Belle De Jeu has a yearling colt by Exceedance, which was a $2,750 purchase for Wendy Robb when offered on Inglis Digital.

Belle De Jeu was not covered last spring after foaling an Exceedance colt on October 26.

Woodside Park Stud’s Shalaa (IRE) joins Snitzel on seven 2-year-old winners for the season, behind Too Darn Hot (GB) and Headwater on eight. 


Race Result - New Era Technology Mdn Plate 900m

Newcastle Track: Soft(5) Time: 0:51.97
Shall Be
- 2g Shalaa (IRE) x Belle De Jeu (NZ) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: M S Minervini Rdr: Ashley Morgan 57
Inglis HTBA Yearling Sale $8,000
Seller: Willow Park Stud, Scone
Buyer: Minervini Racing / GB Bloodstock (NZ)
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $0
Seller: Willow Park Stud, Scone
Buyer: Passed in - $ 40,000
Aged Care
- 2g Brutal (NZ) x With Care (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
Tnr: K A Lees Rdr: A Gibbons 57
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $40,000
Seller: Toolooganvale Farm, Scone
Buyer: A Carusi
- 2f Epaulette (AUS) x Gloriette (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: Rachel King 55
Every Heart
- 2f Toronado (IRE) x La Pomme De Pin (AUS) (I Am Invincible (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: S Clipperton 55
Queen Of A Hand
- 2f All Too Hard (AUS) x Queen Of Wands (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: J A O'Shea Rdr: Tyler Schiller 55
- 2c Zoustar (AUS) x Ravenous Lass (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: C Reith 57
- 2g Spieth (NZ) x Rock Success (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Tnr: C E Conners Rdr: A Adkins 57
Needing Attention
- 2f Zousain (AUS) x Seeking Attention (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: C Schofield 55
- 2f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Organza (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: Zac Lloyd 55
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