You could do worse than enter the annual Inglis/Herald-Sun Win-a-share-in-a-racehorse Competition which opens in the lead up to the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
The yearling shares won in this competition have delivered a large amount of joy to the competition winners and significant riches!
What’s more, the horses involved have almost all been born and bred here in Victoria.
Just recently, Darren Weir contributed to the enormous success of the competition when he trained Master of Design filly Coco Gabrielle to her maiden victory at Murtoa.
The filly won a generous pay check for the country win. Not only did she collect $11,000 in prize money, a further $22,040 in Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses came home with connections!
Coco Gabrielle was selected by Weir as the 2015 yearling for the ‘Win-a-share’ competition with the winner of the 10% share (and training expenses) being Chris Martin of Collingwood.
Bought from the Swettenham Stud draft for $70,000, she was a well-balanced and athletic yearling and is out of the Commands mare Ardent Command.
Having got her first win on the board, Coco Gabrielle joins a fairly illustrious list of racehorses involved in previous Inglis/Herald-Sun ‘win-a-share’ competitions.
These include the Victorian bred horses Del Prado (Henrythenavigator), Set for Fame (Reset), Backstedt (Magnus), Pinyarda (Pins) and Group 2 winner Fontiton (Turffontein).
In fact, the nine horses selected that have raced for the competition winners have won nearly $2 million dollars between them!
Added to that, Fontition was sold as a broodmare last year for $1.1 million. No doubt competition winner Vasko Ognenovski of Lalor was thrilled with his 10% of that!
Inglis senior auctioneer Peter Heagney said the success of the horses had contributed to the popularity of the competition, which had almost 40,000 entries last year.
“Every horse (selected) has won a race except the two-year-old, who hasn’t raced yet,” Heagney said.
“It’s been a really good result for the competition.”
The pressure is now on Ciaron Maher the selector of the competition horse at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale.
Now a two-year-old and named Hollywood Showgirl, she was in the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft and is by Chatswood Stud sire, Reward for Effort and out of the Singspiel (Ire) mare Miss Outstanding.
The winner of the 10% share was Tom Allen of Oak Park, who will race her with a Wylie Dalziel Roy Higgins Racing syndicate, Peter Moody and others.
Ciaron Maher’s assistant trainer, David Eustace reports that the filly will look to the summer before hitting the track.
“She is a lovely type and we are giving her a chance to develop and mature into herself. She has had a couple of preps here at Caulfield and now is in the paddock for a big grow.
“We are hopeful she will be ready as a three-year-old for her debut,” Eustace said.
She has big shoes to fill when she finally gets to the track. But she will be sure to have the collective backing of Inglis, the Herald Sun and her already winning owner Tom Allen when she starts what will hopefully be a successful career.