Rocketing By wins $1million Inglis Sprint
Exciting prospect Rocketing By (3c So You Think x Across the Noon, by Stratum) just keeps raising the bar and soared to new heights at Randwick on Saturday to win the $1million Inglis Sprint (1200m) over a field that included dual Group I winner Ole Kirk and superstar filly Dame Giselle.
The $22,000 Scone yearling Rocketing By gave his loud and passionate ownership group the thrill of a lifetime when winning the lucrative feature.
The scenes at Randwick will be remembered for years to come as the So You Think colt defeated some of Australia’s best 3YOs to announce himself a star in his own right.
At just his eighth start, the David Pfieffer-trained Rocketing By burst through the middle of the track to defeat last year’s Millennium winner Prime Star (3g Starspangledbanner x Barinka x Shinko King).
Multiple G1 winner Ole Kirk finished third, ahead of Dame Giselle. Pfieffer teamed up with Ferguson
Bloodstock at the 2019 Scone sale, purchasing Rocketing By for just $22,000 from the draft of Middlebrook Valley Lodge, who was offering the colt on behalf of Segenhoe Stud, who also bred the horse.
“The X-Rays weren’t presented at the sale so as a result of that we got a So You Think colt for $22,000. I took him home, gave him a few months in the paddock and then got him X-Rayed myself and he was perfect,’’ Pfieffer said. “Look at him now – he’s a proper horse. He’s won almost $750,000, today he’s beaten a colt worth tens of millions of dollars and one of the best fillies in the land and he’s done it convincingly.
“It’s so exciting for this ownership group, they’re boisterous and a lot of fun and if I can guarantee one thing, it’s that they’ll have one heck of a night tonight!’’
Rocketing By has four wins and three placings from eight starts with prizemoney topping $722,000 and will now target the $500,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington in three weeks.
Rocketing By is the best of three winners from stakes-placed Across the Moon, a three-quarter sister by Stratum to Group I winner Melito with another close relation being Group III winner Pariah.
Across the Moon was covered by Rubick last spring. So You Think has a draft of 16 catalogued for Inglis Classic, click here to see them.