Trainer Tracey Templeton secured her first Inglis Race Series victory when Blue Beret scored an upset win in the $100,000 Inglis Autumn Plate (1200m) at Seymour on Tuesday.
Blue Beret (2f Ne Coupez Pas – Militant Miss by El Qahira) crossed to lead early and withstood all challengers to collect the $61,000 first prize. She defeated Rossa May (Testa Rossa) and Zara’s Balcony (Commands) and then survived a protest from the runner-up.
The Moe based filly is a half-sister to First Militia (Redding) who won 8 races in Melbourne from 1400m to 2040m. She is by Rangal Park’s Nijinsky sire Ne Coupez Pas. He has a 58% winners-to-runners strike-rate but, due to fertility issues, only covers a limited book each year.
Blue Beret will now target the $50,000 Inglis Bonus race over 1200m during the famous Warrnambool three day carnival on May 5. The next opportunity for 2010 graduates in the Inglis series is a $50,000 Open 2YO at Hawkesbury on April 30, followed by the Warrnambool race and another $50,000 event at Wagga on May 5.
The $100,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge will be run at Scone on May 13 as part of the inaugural two-day Cup carnival. Intertwined with the racing carnival is the two day 2011 Inglis HTBA Scone Select Yearling Sale on May 12 and 15.