Fairytale Filly Makes Dreams Come True
Breednet - Media Release - Sunday, 19 March 2017

Fairytale filly She Will Reign scored a memorable Golden Slipper victory on Saturday, sending her large group of owners into hysterical scenes in the Rosehill mounting yard and bringing great joy to Middlebrook Station's Jilly Henderson, who raised the filly.

She Will Reign wins the SlipperFor Henderson, Gary Portelli and the filly's wild group of owners, there was utter jubilation and plenty of tears as the $20,000 Inglis Classic buy careered away with a stunning Group 1 victory.

In a perfect Ben Melham ride, She Will Reign found the fence from barrier 11 after 200m, snuck along the inside fence until the top of the straight before exploding to the lead and never looking like getting run down.

It was an amazing result for her owners, headed by syndicator Scott Darby and his Darby Racing team who bought the filly from the Ambergate Farm draft at last year's Classic Sale.

"We've won the Golden Slipper! We've won the Golden Slipper!'' an emotional Darby said moments after the race.

"This is it. This is everything. This means so much to so many people. I don't know where to start. It's just amazing, it really is.

"We did it!''

To view some emotional videos of She Will Reign's connections celebrating the win, visit our Facebook page facebook.com.au/InglisBloodstock

She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain x Courgette)has now won over $2.5million in prizemoney from just five starts, which has netted her four wins and a second placing.

The win gave stallion Manhattan Rain his first Australian Group 1 win.

His only other top-level success came earlier this year with Whisky Baron in South Africa.

For Henderson, the result was "a win for the little people''.

"It's amazing, especially for a small farm,'' Henderson said.

"We're competing against the big studs all the time.

"Also being female in the industry, I find it quite intimidating but we believe in what we do and to get a result like this, wow.''

Henderson recalls She Will Reign as a "standout filly'' in her early days on the farm.

She will Reign as a foal at Middlebrook Station"She was a cracking foal in the paddock, very correct, strong, a lovely filly,'' she said.

"All of the progeny are very feisty early and I think that's the making of them, they're really tough horses.''

She Will Reign beat fellow Inglis graduate Frolic in the Slipper.

She Will Reign's Shamus Award half-sister (Lot 86) will be offered by Yarraman Park at next month's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale (April 4-6).

To view the Easter catalogue,CLICK HERE.

The Golden Slipper was the third 2YO Group 1 in Australasia this season.

All three winners have been Inglis graduates, the others being Catchy (Blue Diamond) and Summer Passage (Sistema Stakes).


Manhattan Rain x Courgette

Sale: 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale

Price: $20,000

Vendor: Ambergate Farm

Breeder: Gary Bachell

Group 1 win: Golden Slipper Stakes

Trainer: Gary Portelli

Owners: M D Holland, Mrs K A Allison, G C Bachell, R A Barrett, M J Cameron, B Craig, M Evans, B Furness, J A Haworth, T Hill, J A Green, R Kewley, A Pieper, J W Stone, M R Tobin, R S Wall

Inglis Release

Race 7 - Longines Golden Slipper
Group 1 - 1200m

Class: Open. Track: Heavy(10). Time: 1:15.04. Sectional Time: 0:38.12 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $3,500,000 - 1st: $2,000,000 2nd: $610,000 3rd: $300,000.
 1   She Will Reign T: G Portelli J: B Melham
2f   Manhattan Rain x Courgette (Charge Forward )
Not Offered
 2 2.3 Frolic T: M J Freedman J: Tommy Berry

2f   Husson (ARG) x Leveller (Redoute's Choice )
 Lot 810 2017 NZB Select Yearling Sale
Vendor - Trelawney Stud Ltd
Buyer - Mr PA Willetts  $10,000
 3 5.1 Tulip T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: K McEvoy
2f   Pierro x Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) )
 Lot 251 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor - Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
Buyer - Lindsay Park Racing  $500,000
 4 5.2 Menari T: G A Ryan J: C W Brown
2c   Snitzel x Isurava (General Nediym )
 5 5.7 Houtzen T: A J Edmonds J: J Lloyd
2f   I Am Invincible x Set To Unleash (Reset )
 6 8.0 Trapeze Artist T: G A Ryan J: Tim Clark
2c   Snitzel x Treppes (Domesday )
 7 10.5 Diamond Tathagata T: Mark Newnham J: G Schofield
2c   Hinchinbrook x Maltese (Tale Of The Cat (USA) )
 8 10.9 Veranillo T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla
2c   Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Shelters (Lonhro )
 9 11.3 Chauffeur T: G A Ryan J: J Parr
2c   Snitzel x Mirror Mirror (Dehere (USA) )
 10 14.6 Madeenaty T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss
2f   Exceed And Excel x Set For Fame (Reset )
 11 17.4 Pariah T: P and P Snowden J: B Shinn
2c   Redoute's Choice x Secluded (Hussonet (USA) )
 12 17.5 Trekking T: J A O'Shea J: W Buick
2c   Street Cry (IRE) x Outdoor (Redoute's Choice )
 13 23.3 Single Bullet T: G Portelli J: T Angland
2c   Not A Single Doubt x Cheetara (More Than Ready (USA) )
 14 24.2 Formality T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Ryan Moore
2f   Fastnet Rock x Jolie's Shinju (JPN) (Jolie's Halo (USA) )
 15 24.4 Teaspoon T: M J Freedman J: D Dunn
2f   Snitzel x Patronella (Mister C. (USA) )
 16 26.5 Catchy T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Craig Williams
2f   Fastnet Rock x Cats Whisker (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) )
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