The Inglis Millennium is a Restricted Listed race for two-year-old horses nominated to the Inglis Race Series.
The race is administered by the Australian Turf Club and is run at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney over 1100 metres under set weight conditions. Colts and geldings receive 56.5 kilograms and fillies are given 54.5. The 2023 version will be in early February.
Inglis Millennium Race Details
Race Distance: 1100m
Prize Money: $2,000,000
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When Is The Inglis Millennium: 10/2/24
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Where Is The Inglis Millennium: Randwick Racecourse
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Prizemoney for the race is $2 million.
Xtravagant Star, a filly with New Zealand-ish lines, was the winner in 2022. Her share of the $2 million was $1.16 million.
To get into the race, racers must have passed through any of the eligible Inglis Select Horse Sales.
The Inglis Race Series, sometimes known as the Inglis Triple Crown, consists of three races for two-year-olds. The first leg actually offers two races. One is the Inglis Banner (2YO, 1100 m) or the Inglis Nursery (2YO, 1000 m). The second leg is the Inglis Millennium and the third leg is the Inglis Sires’ (Group 1, 2YO, 1400 m). Combined prizemoney for the three races apparently varies, but 2022 Inglis Graduates were competing for a combined $7,550,000. That figure applies to 2023 Graduates as well. The first two years of the Inglis Race Series offered combined prizemoney of $6 million.
The races can be held at various venues, some in Victoria and some in NSW.
According to the Inglis website, the winning trainer of any of the races in the series will receive a snazzy pair of Swarovski Optik EL 32 Swarovision binoculars valued at $2,554, approximately double the value of our car.
Chris Waller uses them to see so far that he can look into the future.
The middle leg of the series, the Inglis Millennium, jumped for the first time in 2019. It replaced a Group 3 race known as the Inglis Classic that was run over 1200 metres and offered a prizemoney pool of $250,000.
The current prizemoney for the Inglis Millennium puts it in a dead heat with the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, while the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes is the richest, with prizemoney of $5 million.
History of the Inglis Millennium
It is a brief history to be sure. It has only been run four times, as of mid-January 2023. Special conditions races are not new to the sport of racing, but The Everest in 2017 seems to have set the stage for big prizemoney races with an entirely different setup as far as getting into the race is concerned.
Venue for the Inglis Millennium
Outside of Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Royal Randwick is probably the second-best known racetrack in the world. It can be mentioned in the same breath as such iconic venues as Royal Ascot in England, Churchill Downs in the U.S. and Sha Tin in Hong Kong.
The land on which Randwick is sited belongs to the Crown. The ATC leases the land.
Racing has taken place there since 1833. Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit in 1992 and granted the venue the boon of being allowed to attach “Royal” to the name.
There are 20 Group 1 races, more than at any other Australian metro course. Eighteen Group 2 and 12 Group 3 races are scattered throughout the racing season that offers about 45 meetings per year.
The venue is naturally used for other purposes. Pope Paul VI celebrated Mass there in 1970, but he did not grant the facility the Indulgence of calling itself Holy Randwick.
Prior to the debut of The Everest in 2017, the elite, prestigious races staged at Randwick were the Australian Derby, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the All Aged Stakes. They are still prestigious races; we do not mean to suggest otherwise, but given the choice between bragging rights and the first place payday of The Everest, we suspect trainers and connections favour the latter.
For an 1100-metre race like the Inglis Millennium, the horses jump from a chute that is utilised for races of up to 1200 meters. They make the slightest of bends to get onto a straight at the northwest side of the track. They then run a sweeping turn and head down the long home straight to finish in front of the stands at the east side of the course.
Racing History of the Inglis Millennium
As a race that has been run only four times, there is not a lot of history associated. We do not think that the history of the race the Inglis Millennium replaced, the Inglis Classic, is germane, since just about everything was different about the race-the trip, the gender and most importantly, the prizemoney.
The Inglis Millennium does not offer much by way of form, as many two-year-olds have only two or three races on their resumes, which is both the blessing and curse of looking for bets on a juvenile race.
For example, the first two winners of the race, Castelvecchio in 2019 and Prime Star in 2020 paid $18 and $21, respectively.
The third jump of the race was won by Profiteer, but no punters profited, because Profiteer had a starting price of $1.75.
The 2021 winner, Xtravagant Star, paid $7.
Despite the similarity in names, we could find no recent common ancestors for Prime Star and Xtravagant Star.
The first three winners were male horses, while Xtravagant Star broke the gender barrier by becoming the first filly to win the race.
Competitors in the Inglis Millennium might show up for the Blue Diamond Stakes or the Golden Slipper Stakes, two Group 1 races that have proven to be a couple of the more popular races.
Here is a bit more information on the past winners of the race.
Castelvecchio foaled 5 September 2016.
His sire was Dundeel from St. Therese. His lines offer connections to good/great horses, including High Chaparral, Dehere, Zabeel, Northern Dancer and Secretariat.
He raced just 13 times for four wins and four placings to earn just under $3 million. When we see a horse of this pedigree that remains intact, we generally expect that after a few better wins, it is off to the sheds to make some real money.
After two trials and a maiden win at Canterbury, Castelvecchio took out the Millennium, which was raced at Warwick Farm that first year of the race. His next race furnished a third place in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes at Randwick. His next jump found him again third, this time in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. The winner of both those races was Microphone. Second went to Loving Gaby.
Loving Gaby was again second, but this time Castelvecchio was comfortably in front at the line to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
After six additional jumps, including a second in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, a 2000-metre race we do not often expect to sprinters in, and a second in the 2019 Cox Plate, Castelvecchio won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. He was well back in his final start, the Group 1 ATC Derby.
He already has eight foals to his credit, four colts and four fillies. Three colts and one filly have not been named. His named foals are from 2021 and we do not think they have raced yet.
Judging by his lines, we suspect Castelvecchio will be serving long and often. It is only a matter of time, we think, until one of his progeny supplies racing results similar to his.
The 2020 winner was Prime Star.
He is a five-year-old gelding, as of early 2023, which made 20 jumps for two wins and seven placings. His prizemoney total of a bit more than $1.8 million reveals that his stakes aside from the Inglis Millennium amount to roughly $700,000.
The other win by Prime Star was a BM 78 race at Rosehill in August of 2020. Some of his placings were in better races, but he was never going to be a Group 1 horse.
He was a relative bargain at auction, where he fetched $55,000.
His sire was an Australian stallion named Starspangledbanner, winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in 2009 and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in 2010.
Notable ancestors to Prime Star include grandsire Choisir, with some of the Dancers, Danehill and Northern in the mix. There are also lines to Biscay and Wiles, two names that turn up frequently when we look at the better types from the current era.
Prime Star is a gelding, so there is no reason to expect any progeny unless some sort of miracle is involved.
The 2020 jump of the Inglis Millennium was also held at Warwick Farm.
Prime Star jumped for $18. Seven of the remaining runners were price lower, so Prime Star was punching above his weight when he won.
The 2021 winner was Profiteer.
He was expected to win and like many others that come through restricted races; his racing was limited.
He jumped at $1.75 in his Inglis Millennium victory, so no one of us huddled masses of punters could have made anything from him betting on this race alone. This year, the race was shifted to Randwick.
He made just nine jumps for three wins and two placings, yet amassed over $1.5 million. His other two wins were a 2YO handicap at Flemington and a 3YO set weight race, also at Flemington.
He was nosed by Anamoe, winner of the 2022 Cox Plate, in the Group 2 Todman, where he jumped favourite for $2.25, while Anamoe was offered for $9.
He is, according to reports, standing at Newgate Farm.
Profiteer has supplied four foals, three fillies and one colt, all from 2020.
Three of those foals were out of Mersey, so there are lines to the likes of Sebring, Exceed And Excel, More Than Ready, Vain and Bletchingly.
Xtravagant Star won the race in 2022.
She is the first filly to win, although that distinction does not carry a lot of weight, as the race has jumped just four times.
Her lines include Sebring, Zabeel, Flying Spur and many of the better northern hemisphere stallions whose names constantly pop up in the pedigrees of better types.
Her sire was Xtravagant. Her dam was She’s A Danica, winner of three and placer in five from 21 jumps.
Xtravagant Star is still listed as active, as of early 2023.
She has made five jumps for two wins and zero placings.
Her earnings from the Inglis Millennium and her win in a maiden at Geelong amount to a bit above $1.2 million. After her two wins in her first two jumps, she has failed to place.
We are left to wonder which trainer, Tony or Calvin McEvoy has possession of the pricey binos.
We prefer not to guess, as we do not have those future-predicting binoculars, but we suspect that at most, Xtravagant Star has another 10 – 15 jumps before she is betrothed to one of the better stallions standing, whether it is in Australia or some other place.
Big money restricted or special condition races seem to be expanding in number and popularity. The Magic Millions has been a top race for many years, but newer races such as the All-Star Mile, The Everest and some others are gaining traction.
The racing public, the punters in particular, seem to be attracted to races with big prizemoney, even though a winning punt on a $2 runner in the Inglis Millennium will pay the same dividend as a $2 runner in a BM 68 race will pay.
Races for two-year-olds of any grade have proved popular over the years and we occasionally wonder what it is that so fascinates us about juvenile Thoroughbreds.
It is not the sort of thing that requires a lot of thought, though, so we will just say that the Inglis Millennium seems to have a rosy future in store, one we could see clearly if we could just get our hands on some of those fancy $2500 binoculars.
Inglis Millennium Past Winners
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