With Inglis selling exciting juvenile Loving Gaby’s dam Maastricht in The Chairman’s Sale on behalf of Alan Bell in early May, there will be added interest in how the Gr1 Golden Slipper fourth-placed filly goes in Saturday’s Gr1 Inglis Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m).
Marginal favourite at $4.80 in a field seemingly full of chances, her co-trainer Ciaron Maher says she is still improving.
According to AAP, Maher’s perception is that she’s still on an upward spiral. It doesn’t hurt her chances that she will will have James McDonald aboard who rode Verry Elleegant and Avilus to victory last Saturday, with Maher revealing, “James McDonald galloped her before the Slipper and galloped her again on Tuesday, and felt she had come on.”
Loving Gaby’s strong closing run in the Golden Slipper (see below) augurs well for the second leg of the 2YO Triple Crown where she steps up a further 200m.
Sold at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia Ora Stud for $500,000 to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible) was successful at Gr3 on debut before an unplaced effort in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and then her quality fourth in the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes last start.