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Calanda Sprints to Inglis Victory

Dec 19, 2016

Promising three-year-old Calanda burst along the inside rail for a dominant victory in the $250,000 Inglis Sprint (1100m) at Randwick on December 17.

Partnered by Blake Shinn, the son of Snitzel missed the start which forced the pair to settle back with cover and ride for luck along the rail. After saving all the ground, Calanda shot to the front in the home straight after a minor bumping duel with runner up Geneteau, for a 1.5 length win.

"In his previous run he did too much work outside the lead, so that's why we wanted to ride the horse with cover, although we weren’t planning on getting that much cover – but when we missed the kick Blake had limited options,” explained co-trainer Paul Snowden.

"It’s evident that if you conserve energy, he can unleash a turn of foot.

“It was a good win."

Calanda, who races in the China Horse Club’s red and yellow colours, has now had four career starts for two wins and two placings, with a tick under $215,000 in prizemoney.

Newgate Farm purchased the gelding in conjunction with China Horse Club for $200,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale from the Yarraman Park draft.

As reported by Breednet, Calanda is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Speedy Natalie and Silverstream, which won the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic at Ascot two weeks ago and finished a close second in the Listed Starstruck Classic at Ascot.

Calanda is the seventh winner for the late Speedy Bell, who raced just four times and won the Listed Gimcrack Stakes. Speedy Bell's last foal – an I Am Invincible colt – is being offered at the 2017 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in the Yarraman Park draft.

Calanda now heads to the spelling paddock and will come back for the Autumn-Winter Carnivals.

"There is the Scone Guineas that's worth a lot of money in May and the Brisbane Carnival thereafter so we’ll work roughly towards that at this stage,” added Snowden.

Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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