In also winning the Todman Stakes and Pierro Plate from five starts last season, Stay Inside opened his Spring campaign with a fifth in the San Domenico Stakes for Richard and Michael Freedman.
As 2YO of The Year at the NSW Racehorse Owners awards, Tommy Berry had Stay Inside 2.2 length off Into The Congo at the finish, with both colts raced by Newgate Farm and China Horse Club.
Already this seasons the 3yo’s are replicating the high standard of last year, with The Rosebud winner Paulete was second in the San Domenico and Coastwatch winning the Ming Dynasty Quality.
With the 3yo fillies competing in the Darley Princess Series, the Silver Shadow Stakes heroine Swift Witness is at $7.50 with Sportsbet to make it two-from-two in the Darley Furious Stakes.
As the Arrowfield sponsored Juvenile title was so competitive, it was Godolphin’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Anamoe and JJ Atkins Stakes winner Converge, that were also finalists.
And what now for Stay Inside to be announced Australian Champion 2 Year-Old, in also having his sire Extreme Choice being the Australian Champion First Season Sire and Campion Sire of 2YOs.
It’s extraordinary, that Extreme Choice from just 48 first season foals sired four winners in Australia to win eight races and over $3.4m in stakes, with his yearling this year selling up to $400,000.
In last season also being an exceptional year for Juvenile sires, it’s Vinery Stud’s ‘powerful’ Star Turn who leads the Second Crop Sire title, ahead of Newgate Farm’s Flying Artie and Capitalist.
With Vinery also having All Too Hard as Leading Champion Sire, they now stand Ole Kirk in being the Inglis NSW Champion 3 Year-Old having won the Golden Rose Stakes and Caulfield Guineas.
Ole Kirk held off stiff opposition from Australian Oaks winner Hungary Heart, who was later awarded Queen of The Spring, and Spring Champion Stakes and Flight Stakes winner Montefilia.
The evergreen Nature Strip took out NSW Sprinter of The Year award in winning in the T J Smith Stakes and Lightning Stakes, and is $1.50 for the TAB Concorde Stakes and $5 for The TAB Everest.
With fellow finalist Eduardo being posted at $15 for The Everest, and Savatiano at $26, it’s Masked Crusader who is also $5 equal with Nature Strip, and last year’s Classique Legend on $6.50.
She was also crowned NSW Middle Distance Horse of The Year, sponsored by NZ Bloodstock, in taking out the Ranvet Stakes and Turnbull Stakes, from international finalists Addeybb and Zaaki.
Thirdly, Verry Elleegant received the NSW Champion Stayer of The Year award, sponsored by Gow-Gates, in winning the $5m Caulfield Cup, ahead of fellow finalists Rondinella and Selino.
Godolphin’s Cascadian was the Wild Oaks NSW Miler in winning the $3m Doncaster Mile and placed in the All-Aged and Cascadian Stakes, and is $3.80 for the Heineken Chelmsford Stakes.
The Gow Gates Champion Country Horse of The Year went to It’s Me in taking out The Kosciuszko for Scone trainer Brett Cavanough, ahead of Art Cadeau, Handle The Truth and Rocket Tiger.
At the ATC Owners Celebration Day it was Godolphin with 54 wins, including three Group 1 victories, who received Most Winning Owner Award, with Peltzer the Special Achievement Award, in winning the $1m Bondi Stakes and two Group races, having been an unbeaten two-year-old.