Inglewood bred and raced filly Replique confirmed a tilt at the New Zealand Oaks last weekend with a commanding victory in the Listed Southland Guineas.
The filly, trained from the stud by Inglewood proprietor Nick Wigley, beat a very handy field in the Listed mile, following on from her fast finishing second to New Zealand Derby contender Son of Maher at her previous start in the Dunedin Guineas.
Jockey Terry Mosley was duly impressed with the filly's effort and insisted that she'll 'stay all day'. A late nomination for the New Zealand Oaks on March 19 is now more than likely.
The win was a special one for the team at Inglewood as it was Nick's first stakes win as a trainer (after 13 stakes placings!). Making the victory extra special was the fact Replique is a grand-daughter of the great southern racemare Seamist, raced by Nick's parent's Sandy and Bing. Replique herself is raced by Inglewood Stud in partnership with Nick's Sydney based brother Bruce.
Inglewood has three daughters of Seamist at stud, Replique being the first foal of her stakes placed Montjeu daughter Mystique. Mystique has a two-year-old Zacinto colt that was purchased by Kevin Myers at Karaka 2015, an Iffraaj yearling filly which will be retained, and a cracking Zacinto filly at foot Nick labels as the best looking foal Inglewood has bred in 40 years.
With Replique always showing ability in her work, the decision was made this season to send Mystique to be mated in Australia, and she is currently back home in foal to the young Darley sire Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor), winner of the 2014 Caulfield Guineas
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