Snitzel x Provocative filly (Inglis)

Flemington trainer Mike Moroney made sure Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at Eddington got the big price they expected for their Snitzel filly out of Group 1 winning mare Provocative (NZ).

Moroney won the filly with a $400,000 bid.

Ironically Moroney was set to train Provocative, but the mare ended in the care of New Zealand trainer Tony Pike at Cambridge.

Three Bridges’ Toby Liston said it was a fantastic result which was expected for a Snitzel filly out of a Group 1 winning mare.

“Inglis has done a good job getting buyers here and thankfully the first one (dam’s first foal) went to Danny O’Brien and this one has gone to Mike Moroney,” Liston said.

“It has got the mare off to a great start and she has got an I Am Invincible colt and she is in foal to Exceed (And Excel), so four proven stallions in a row. She is a sweetheart of a mare and it’s good that the market received her well, as well, and that’s the beauty of having a good mare like her, you can send her to a good stallion.”

Provocative went onto to win the Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm in 2016 and retired after one more start but she won four races from her short career of eight races.

Provocative’s first yearling, a colt by Tavistock (NZ), was bought by Danny O’Brien for $260,000 at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Moroney, whose brother Paul normally does the buying but was on way to Las Vegas, said Paul bought Provocative as a yearling.

“And at one stage I was going to get her to train but I ended up losing her in the mix and we have finally bought one out of her and I feel it is a magic cross,” he said.

“She is out of a Zabeel mare and has a fair bit of Snitzel about her which is a big help. And I really loved her from the first time I saw her.”

Moroney said the filly was probably stronger than her mother at the same stage when Paul Moroney bought her.

He said the Snitzel side of the filly would probably help her temperament because the dam was highly strung when they inspected her as a yearling.