Creating a good impression at Canterbury on Wednesday was lightly raced gelding Sadlers Lake (3g High Chaparral x Minshan, by Encosta de Lago).
Legendary Australian breeders Jack and Bob Ingham were responsible for breeding countless winners and star gallopers under their Woodlands Stud banner with the next generation of Inghams now tasting success as owner/ breeders through the likes of Sadlers Lake.
Prepared by Chris Waller, Sadlers Lake improved on a close debut fifth to well-regarded colt Skylimit at the same venue two weeks ago, appreciating the longer journey of 1580 metres to open his winning account.
Partnered by Blake Shinn, Sadlers Lake struggled to find clear running in the straight, but when a gap opened near the inside he charged through and wound up strongly at the finish to win in good style.
Chris Waller has plans for the Brisbane Winter Carnival for Sadlers Lake, but will allow the gelding to gain some more experience before he heads for a spell.
“While he is in good form I think it is beneficial to have another run and test him in Saturday grade,” Waller said.
“Prizemoney is good and with BOBS bonus’ it is definitely worth having another throw at the stumps.”
Bred and retained to race by Ingham Racing, Sadlers Lake is the first foal of unraced Encosta de Lago mare Mingshan, who was bought by Ingham Bloodstock for $750,000 at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Mingshan was also trained by Waller and while she never raced, he indicated she did show ability which may well realise its potential in her foals.
“He’s a very nice horse and by the right stallion,” Waller said of Sadlers Lake.
“With Encosta De Lago you have that brilliant miler and High Chaparral probably a brilliant miler as well, yet they can stay.
“It’s probably a perfect match.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a few High Chaparrals and when you get a good one, they’re special.”
Mingshan is a sister to the dam of Group I placed Kumaon and is from stakes-placed Shalang, a half-sister to Group I winner Shame and Group III winner Demerit.
Mingshan has foaled this spring producing a lovely filly by Golden Slipper winner Pierro.