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Eagle soars for master and apprentice

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A horse who almost missed a start in The Ingham has taken out the rich Randwick feature.

LOCH EAGLE.
LOCH EAGLE. Picture: Steve Hart

A minute before the official scratching time on Saturday, third emergency Loch Eagle still hadn't gained a run in the $3 million The Ingham

A little over eight hours later, and the Kris Lees -trained gelding was striding clear to deliver apprentice Dylan Gibbons a memorable victory in the pinnacle race of the Sydney summer carnival. 

"At 7.29 he hadn't gained a start," Lees said. 

"He was just about to have a gallop to prepare for a race next Saturday and the phone call came through, being third emergency. 

"And (then) he had to overcome a wide gate. Early in the run, I thought he was going to be posted but he got him in three-deep with cover, it was a lovely ride. 

"He presented him at the right time and was able to get there on the line." 

The race morning scratchings of first and second emergencies Williamsburg and Military Expert paved the way for Loch Eagle to enter the fray, but jumping from barrier 18 of 20, he still needed another stroke of luck to fall his way. 

That happened when Gibbons was able to slot in, wide but with cover, and get the five-year-old into a beautiful rhythm. 

Just as Attractable ($8.50) appeared to have skipped away with a winning break halfway up the Randwick straight, Loch Eagle ($18) knuckled down to give chase, nailing the Big Dance winner by a half-neck. 

Lion's Roar ($6) was again doing his best work late to finish the same margin away third. 

Loch Eagle's victory atoned for his luckless second in The Gong where he was also trapped wide but battled on gamely to hold second behind Detonator Jack

In hindsight, Lees felt that performance helped the horse in Saturday's The Ingham (1600m). 

"He was really good the other day in The Gong, again from a wide gate he was just posted," Lees said. 

"He had a similar run, but no cover, that just took its toll late, but it seasoned him for today." 

Gibbons was thrilled to deliver a Group 2 win for his master and said the horse deserved just as much after a run of bad luck. 

"He's just an absolute warrior this horse. He has slowly progressed through his grades, he's always had a lot of ability but just never had the luck," Gibbons said. 

"It's always good to reward the boss and just keep reminding him why I'm here. 

"He's looked after me from day one and along with many others, I wouldn't be here today without blokes like him. To pay him back on a day like today, it means a lot." 

Detonator Jack started a $5.50 favourite and jockey Jason Collett said the horse worked home well when he eventually got clear. 

"He was cluttered up and didn't have the room when he needed the room to get going," Collett said.


Racing and Sports

Randwick

Saturday, 09th December 2023

7
16:00
(local)

THE INGHAM (G2)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 53.0kg Type: Qlty
AUD $2,000,000
1600m TURF GOOD
7
16:00
(local)
AUD $2,000,000
1600m GOOD

THE INGHAM (G2)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 53.0kg Type: Qlty


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 23. LOCH EAGLE (AUS) 5yo G
LONHRO (AUS) - SONG STREET (IRE)
DYLAN GIBBONS
KRIS LEES
$17
53kg
B Perry, L Petagna, M J Chittick, Ms N J Wilson, D J Wilson, Rosemont Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: A P Mithen), Jomara Bloodstock Ltd (Mgr: M P Carter), J M Chapman, G Clarke & G J Chittick

Sales Information

2nd 10. ATTRACTABLE (AUS) 5yo G
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - AFFABLE (AUS)
REGAN BAYLISS
SARA RYAN
$8.5
56kg
Domeland Pty Ltd (Mgr: Y P Cheng)

Sales Information

3rd 19. LION'S ROAR (NZ) 6yo G
CONTRIBUTER (IRE) - MINNALEO (NZ)
TOM SHERRY
JOHN O'SHEA
$6
53.5kg
Champion T'breds (Mgr: J Abrahams), Mrs S Codner, Ms V Sheils, J Denny, S Brown, Mrs L Miller, S Miller, H Bayliss, J Codner, Lotave (Mgr: D O'Neill), M Mcintyre, Ms M Lambert, Mrs D Fisher, G Lamont, Mrs F O'shea, Sedgewyn (Mgr: J Abrahams), R Hodge & Champion T'breds 1 (Mgr: J Abrahams)

Sales Information

4th 11. KIRWAN'S LANE (NZ) 7yo G
CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) - GALWAY (NZ)
JOSH PARR
JOHN O'SHEA
$26
56kg

Sales Information

5th 18. WATERFORD (IRE) 4yo G
AWTAAD (IRE) - WAKE UP (GER)
TOMMY BERRY
CHRIS WALLER
$16
54kg

Sales Information

6th 13. HINGED (AUS) 5yo M
WORTHY CAUSE (AUS) - TINTS (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
CHRIS WALLER
$13
55kg
7th 2. DETONATOR JACK (NZ) 5yo G
JAKKALBERRY (IRE) - RED DELICIOUS (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$5.5
58kg

Sales Information

8th 8. RUSTIC STEEL (AUS) 6yo G
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - TEN CARAT ROCK (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
KRIS LEES
$10
56.5kg

Sales Information

9th 7. NO COMPROMISE (NZ) 7yo G
PINS (AUS) - BAGGY GREEN (AUS)
LEE MAGORRIAN
CHRIS WALLER
$61
57kg

Sales Information

10th 14. CHARTERHOUSE (GB) 5yo G
CHARMING THOUGHT (GB) - CROCUS ROSE (GB)
TYLER SCHILLER
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$19
55kg

Sales Information

11th 17. PHEARSON (AUS) 6yo G
EXOSPHERE (AUS) - CHATEAU D'YQUEM (NZ)
REECE JONES
BRAD WIDDUP
$31
54kg

Sales Information

12th 6. OSIPENKO (NZ) 4yo H
PIERRO (AUS) - RASKOVA (USA)
TIM CLARK
CHRIS WALLER
$14
57.5kg

Sales Information

13th 3. KING MAGNUS (AUS) 8yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - INFLUENTIAL MISS (AUS)
THOMAS STOCKDALE
R GRIFFITHS & M DE KOCK
$51
58kg
14th 20. AGE OF KINGS (IRE) 3yo C
KINGMAN (GB) - TURRET ROCKS (IRE)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$61
53kg

Sales Information

15th 12. DARK DESTROYER (NZ) 5yo G
PROISIR (AUS) - ALL CAN PARTY (AUS)
DARRAGH KEENAN
JOHN O'SHEA
$151
55.5kg

Sales Information

16th 1. CEPHEUS (GB) 6yo G
SEA THE STARS (IRE) - CRIMSON CHEER (USA)
NASH RAWILLER
MATTHEW DUNN
$14
60kg

Sales Information

17th 16. COMMUNIST (AUS) 4yo G
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (AUS) - CAPPADOCIA (AUS)
RACHEL KING
MICHAEL FREEDMAN
$26
54.5kg

Sales Information

18th 5. NEW MANDATE (IRE) 5yo G
NEW BAY (GB) - MISHHAR (IRE)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
CHRIS WALLER
$151
57.5kg

Sales Information

19th 9. SURF DANCER (IRE) 6yo G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - BEACH BELLE (GB)
ANDREW ADKINS
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$51
56.5kg

Sales Information

20th 4. VILANA (AUS) 5yo H
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - RETSINA (AUS)
ADAM HYERONIMUS
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21
58kg

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