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Inglis Fillies Crowned Equus Champions In South Africa
Australian-bred Inglis sale graduates Enitsaar and Alboran Sea were crowned Champion 2YO Filly and Champion 3YO Filly respectively at the 2015 South African Racing Association Equus Awards on Tuesday night. Shadwell Stud's Entisaar (More Than Ready-Purrpurrlena, by Catbird) was named Champion juvenile filly, marking the second consecutive year Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's racing operation has won the title with an Inglis graduate following Arrowfield Stud-bred Majmu's win last year. Entisaar, who was bred by Echo Beach Bloodstock and Mr Brian Singer, was purchased by Shadwell from Vinery's draft at the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $300,000. The filly's outstanding record of three wins and one second have all been at stakes level, including her most recent victory in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship at Scottsville. Entisaar's breeders have retained to race her two-year-old sister Purrari, which is in training with Gai Waterhouse. Meanwhile, the Rosemont Stud-bred and sold Alboran Sea (Rock of Gibraltar-Lady's Light, by Toolighttoquit) was awarded Champion 3YO Filly. The Mike de Kock-trained filly already had a Gr1 on her resume as a two-year-old, but developed into one of the country's finest sprinters in her three-year-old year. Last season Alboran Sea netted three wins and two placings from six starts, highlighted by Gr1 victories in the Kenilworth Cape Flying Championship and the Turffontein Computaform Sprint both over 1000m, before running second in the Gr1 City Of Pietermaritzburg Sprint, shortly after which she was retired due to injury. The filly, which is owned Michael Javett and Mary Slack, was purchased by Form Bloodstock for $105,000 from 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Alboran Sea's yearling half-brother by Toorak Toff was sold from the draft of Rosemont Stud to Hong Kong interests for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale earlier this year.