New SW for Per Incanto - Gringotts Wins at Doomben

Media Release - Saturday May 18

New Zealand-bred gelding Gringotts took his promising career to new heights in Brisbane on Saturday with a first black-type success in the A$160,000 Listed Sky Racing Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben.

Gingotts wins at Doomben - image Grant Courtney

It was the seventh win from just a 13-race career for the four-year-old, who has earned A$590,050 for a syndicate of owners headed by Ozzie Kheir and John O’Neill.

Gringotts collected a win and three placings from four starts in the spring, but has found a rich vein of form in an undefeated autumn. He resumed with a Benchmark 88 handicap victory over 1400m at Rosehill on March 30, then won the Tamworth Cup (1400m) on April 26. On Saturday he lifted that winning streak into stakes company.

Ridden by Jamie Kah for trainer Ciaron Maher, Gringotts showed early speed before easing back into fourth. Kah presented Gringotts on the outside of the leaders at the home turn and pushed the button, and the favourite rolled forward to take command.


Gringotts asserted his superiority down the straight and completed a two-length victory over Knights Choice and the fellow Kiwi-bred Nikau Spur.

“It just worked out perfectly in the end,” Kah said. “When he jumped, I wasn't going to be that positive, but he jumped and put himself there. It worked out well.

“He surprised me how well he jumped and when I had no cover I was a little bit worried. But as soon as we got cover, he relaxed and he was fine.

“I was very confident on the turn. He's a bit of an overthinker, so I gave him a few just to wake him up, but he was always home.

“I galloped this horse at Moonee Valley months and months ago and got off him and said, 'Who is this horse? Gee he's a nice horse.’ He’s put some good wins together now and he’s in for a nice prep.”

Gringotts comes from the family of world champion racehorse Winx - image Grant Courtney

Gringotts was bred by Totara Park Stud and is by Little Avondale Stud’s outstanding sire Per Incanto out of the Savabeel mare Miss Bluebell. Herself unraced, Miss Bluebell is a daughter of Operavega, whose half-sister Vegas Showgirl was the dam of the legendary Winx.

Miss Bluebell is now the dam of two stakes performers from her only two foals to race. The other is Millefiori, who has won seven races for Te Akau Racing and also finished second in this season’s Listed Great Easter Stakes (1400m).

Gringotts was offered by Archer Park in Book 1 of Karaka 2021, where Kasa Bloodstock bought him for $100,000. He was re-offered at the Ready to Run Sale later that year, but failed to meet his $450,000 reserve.

He was subsequently sold privately after winning a trial at Waipa for Simon and Katrina Alexander. – NZ Racing Desk.


Race Result - Sky Racing Members' Hcp LR 1600m

Doomben Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:37.84
- 4g Per Incanto (USA) x Miss Bluebell (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Jamie Kah 53.5
NZB Karaka Book 1 $100,000
Seller: Archer Park
Buyer: Kasa Bloodstock
Knight's Choice
- 4g Extreme Choice (AUS) x Midnight Pearl (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: J G Symons & S Laxon Rdr: Craig Williams 54
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $85,000
Seller: Elswick Park, Walcha, NSW
Buyer: Michael Kirby/John Symons
Nikau Spur
- 7g Proisir (AUS) x Sarsarun (NZ) (Ustinov (AUS))
Tnr: Corey & Kylie Geran Rdr: A Mallyon 54
Inglis April (Early) Online Sale $30,000
Seller: Ciaron Maher Racing
Buyer: Kobie O'Brien
Territory Express
- 4g Territories (IRE) x Miss Chattering (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Tnr: P Niceforo Rdr: R Dolan 57
- 7g Iffraaj (GB) x Under The Rainbow (GB) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Tnr: K A Lees Rdr: B Shinn 59
Military Gambler
- 5g Rommel (AUS) x Call To Ransom (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: Jake Bayliss 54
- 4g Spieth (NZ) x Lightens (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: Ron Stewart 53
Irish Playboy
- 7g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Scarlett Lady (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Tnr: S O'Dea & M Hoysted Rdr: Ms N Beriman 53
Sea Raider
- 7g Reset (AUS) x Black Sea Lady (AUS) (Desert King (IRE))
Tnr: J A Gilmore Rdr: Damien Thornton 53
Dark Harmony
- 4g Mikki Isle (JPN) x Serenade Lily (NZ) (King's Best (USA))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: M R Du Plessis 53
Desert Icon
- 8g Sea The Stars (IRE) x Plume Rose (GB) (Marchand De Sable (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: N Rawiller 58
Sneak Preview
- 8g Smart Missile (AUS) x Stage Performer (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: David Vandyke Rdr: Cejay Graham 53
Linthorpe Lad
- 6g Mahisara (AUS) x Rocklet (AUS) (Easy Rocking (AUS))
Tnr: K R Kemp Rdr: S T Collett 53
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