Celestine (Image: Racing Photos)
Worth a million dollars and with Group 1 status, Saturday's Australian Guineas is the headline act on the Flemington card. And rightly so.
Forty minutes later though, there's the Inglis Dash. A restricted race that is also for three-year-olds and worth a very tidy $500,000.
"These sales races are a great carrot, as they should be, the sales companies do a great job promoting them and I think they are just going to get stronger each year … as do the sales prices," co-trainer Calvin McEvoy said with a laugh.
The McEvoy stable has promising filly Celestine in the Inglis Dash, an 1100-metre race down the Flemington straight.
She's won three from five and placed in every start of her maiden preparation, including finishing third last time out when she was beaten under a length by the exciting Written Beauty in the G3 Red Roses at Flemington on Oaks Day.
"To be running first-up in a restricted race worth half a million dollars, well, we're really excited heading into Saturday," said McEvoy, who trains in partnership with his father Tony.
"I'm not really sure where she'll take us this preparation, but her record is good and whether we give her a chance up in Sydney for some of those rich fillies races, I'm just not sure."
As he has in both her Victorian starts to date, Luke Currie will take the ride on the Celestine on Saturday after working her at Ballarat on Wednesday morning.