Fastnet Rock’s Sneaky Five All Class on Debut in Inglis Banner
Today’s $500,000 Listed Inglis Banner winner Sneaky Five was named the moment Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen and Nigel Austin bought her at this year’s Premier Yearling Sale.
As Mithen tells the story: “We had a limit of $300,000 but got on the wrong leg and were $290,000 and Brae Sokolski and Matt Scown beat us to the $300,000 bid but I stood there with Nige and I said to him ‘if you were going to be $300,000, you could be $305,000 couldn’t you?
“And he said ‘yeah, go on, let’s be brave’ so we put in a little $5000 bid…we broke our rule and went $5k over and the auctioneer [Chris Russell] bought the gavel down and said ‘well done Mitho, the sneaky five wins’.
“We had a laugh after and said, ‘well we’ve got her name anyway’.’’
Sneaky Five led in a quinella for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in today’s 2YO feature at The Valley on Cox Plate Day, as Sneaky Five defeated The Art of Flying.
The most expensive horse in the race, Sneaky Five produced a stunning turn of foot to leave her rivals in her wake to secure a valuable black-type win on debut.
Sneaky Five was offered at the Premier Sale by her breeder Mr Pan Sutong’s Goldin Farms.
She will now likely head to Sydney for the $1m Golden Gift at Rosehill in a fortnight.
Winning co-trainer Maher, who saddled up four runners in the race, described Sneaky Five as the least mature of his quartet in the race.
“The team have done a great job and the system is working well. I’m very proud,’’ Maher said.
“It’s great to win for Anthony Mithen and Nigel Austin and the whole Rosemont team.
“She gets most of her purse back today and she’s going to be lovely broodmare for them moving forward.’’