Australia’s latest pin-up racehorse extended his remarkable winning streak to seven with a supreme front-running performance in the 1600-metre Flemington feature, defeating a red-hot field of 10 individual Group 1 winners in his very first start at the elite level.

Steve Tregea, Incentivise’s former Toowoomba-based trainer.

Tregea was delighted to share the big result with Moody and a new group of co-owners, including Ozzie Kheir and Brae Sokolski, who secured a 50 per cent share during the gelding’s all-conquering Queensland winter campaign that included victories by 9.5l in the Provincial Stayers’ Final and 12l in the G3 Tattersall’s Cup.

“That was an absolute dream result,” Tregea told TDN AusNZ. “We’ve won Group races before, but a Group 1 race in Melbourne – that’s just a different league.

“Even if he never wins another race from here, it’s worked out so well and it’s a special result for us and for the new owners as well. It’s great to share this with them. I don’t have any trouble sharing a win with other people, and if you’re losing, at least you’re sharing the expenses.

“Even if he (Incentivise) never wins another race from here, it’s worked out so well and it’s a special result for us and for the new owners as well.” – Steve Tregea

“But the way this horse is going at the moment hopefully, this won’t be the last time we’re celebrating a win.

“It’s a bit of a different experience to have the horse being trained by someone else now, but I don’t mind that either. Normally we don’t have anybody else to blame if things go wrong, and I guess we do now! But there won’t be any need to worry about that, he knows what he’s doing and he’s obviously doing a fantastic job with the horse.

“Now we just need to try to keep the horse at this level as we head through the rest of the spring and towards the Cups. He’s not a very difficult horse to train, and it’ll just be about keeping him ticking over. It’s very exciting for everyone involved.”

A ruling favourite for both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup, Incentivise is now the winner of seven of his 10 starts, a far cry from just five months ago, when a sixth placing at Eagle Farm was his best result from three career appearances.

Incentivise being led back into the enclosure by his strapper | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

“He was a horse that’s just gradually kept improving throughout this year, and I guess it’s kind of snuck up on us how good he’s turned out to be,” Tregea said. “He was always going to be a stayer, so it wasn’t until he got up to those longer distances that he started to perform. Once he got that first win (over 1600 metres at the Sunshine Coast on April 11) and did it pretty easily, we realised we might have something, and he’s never looked back from there.”

Carrying on with the superstar’s siblings

Tregea breeds from a small broodmare band of around 10 at his Windermere Stud operation, which unfortunately no longer features Incentivise’s deceased dam Miss Argyle (Iglesia).

Miss Argyle being led to the barriers in the 2006 Listed Gimcrack S. | Image courtesy of Sportpix

Herself a black-type placegetter in the Listed Gimcrack S., Miss Argyle has produced eight winners from eight foals to race. Incentivise is the headline act among four stakes winners, while his Redoute’s Choice half-brother Ardrossan was a high-class performer in New Zealand who won the G3 Concorde H., placed in the G1 Waikato Sprint and now stands at Waikato Stud.

Bergerac (Drumbeats) won the Listed Bernborough H. and Ipswich Cup among 10 victories for Tregea, and Cheyenne Warrior (Not A Single Doubt) rounds out the black-type quartet with a victory in the Listed Gold Sovereign S.

Miss Argyle sadly died last spring after hitting her head on a rock in her paddock, and the foal she was carrying by Pride Of Dubai was also unable to be saved. But Tregea still has other members of the family to carry on with.

“We’ve got a 4-year-old half-brother to Incentivise called Argyle Lane, who hasn’t raced yet.” – Steve Tregea

“We’ve got a 4-year-old half-brother to Incentivise called Argyle Lane, who hasn’t raced yet,” he said. “We’ll see what happens with him. And we’re breeding from a half-sister, Flaunt, who’s due to foal within the next couple of weeks to Spirit Of Boom.

“There’s another half-sister, Ra Ra Epic, who’s in foal to Yes Yes Yes and was sold for $200,000 at the Inglis Great Southern Broodmare Sale a couple of months ago.

“So there’s still a few parts of the family around, we’ve got a bit to carry on with ourselves, and hopefully we might have a bit more luck along the way. But anyway, it’s great to be a part of what’s happening with Incentivise.”