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Inglis Premier Graduates Top International Sprint Category
Two graduates of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale have been ranked as the 2 best sprinters internationally, according to the latest list of World Rankings released by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The duo is Australian-bred 6YO gelding & 6-time Gr1-winning World Champion Sprinter Sacred Kingdom (Encosta de Lago-Courtroom Sweetie, by Zeditave) and Australian-bred triple Gr1-winning 3YO colt Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold) who recently scored a front-running 1.75-length victory in the £450,000 (A$779,000) Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot in England. One point clear at the top on 122 is Hong Kong-trained Sacred Kingdom ($200,000, 2005 Inglis Premier), followed on 121 by Starspangledbanner ($120,000, 2008 Inglis Premier). "Not only is this a rousing endorsement for the Melbourne Premier Sale but also for the Victorian breeding industry with both horses being bred and raised in the state," noted Inglis managing director Mark Webster. "The Melbourne Premier Sale is the most progressive yearling sale in Australasia and proving to be a reliable source for world class racehorses." Starspangledbanner was offered for sale by Tony Santic's Makybe breeding operation while Sacred Kingdom was bred by the Calvert family and sold under their Kornong Stud draft.