Winning Double for Encosta

Champion sire Encosta de Lago posted a two state metropolitan double on Saturday with pre-Christmas wins for Kristy Lee (5m Encosta de Lago x Shania Dane, by Danehill) and De Little Engine (4g Encosta de Lago x Arapaho Miss, by Danehill Dancer).

The Ingham family have enjoyed a winning week with Wednesday success for Sadler’s Lake and Gossamer followed by a tenacious win for blue-blooded mare Kristy Lee at Rosehill .

The Chris Waller trained five year-old surged late to snatch a narrow win in the 1200 metre mares event carrying the Ingham family’s well known cerise colours, taking her overall record to six wins and 12 placings from 36 starts with prizemoney topping $400,000.

Kristy Lee was a $500,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Coolmore draft and will make into a lovely broodmare when her racing days are done.

Bred by Michael Crismale’s Matrix Bloodstock, she is one of three winners from top class Group II winner Shania Dane, a full sister to Hong Kong Group I winner Scintillation.

Shania Dane has a yearling filly from the first crop of champion racehorse So You Think entered for the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

She also has a lovely colt foal by Golden Slipper winner Pierro born this spring.

Encosta de Lago made it a two state metropolitan double when progressive stayer De Little Engine scored a powerful win at Flemington over 2450 metres for the Danny O’Brien stable.

De Little Engine has now won his past three starts taking his overall record to five wins and five seconds from 18 starts with prizemoney topping $180,000 and will now head to the Listed VRC Bagot Handicap on New Year’s Day.

Bred by SF Bloodstock, De Little Engine was sold at the 2011 Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale from the Amarina Farm draft for $47,500 and runs for a syndicate of eight owners.

De Little Engine is the first winner for Group I VRC Oaks winner Arapaho Miss.

Encosta de Lago has half a dozen entries for the 2015 Magic Millions.

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