Distance changes for Inglis Millennium and Sprint

The $2m Inglis Millennium (Restricted Listed) and $1m Inglis Sprint will be run over new distances from next year.

The Millennium – won so impressively in its inaugural running earlier this year by Castelvecchio, the Classic Sale graduate turned G1-winning juvenile and G1-placed 3YO – will be contested over 1100m from February, rather than the 1200m of this year.

In addition, the Inglis Sprint will increase 100m to 1200m. 

The announcement comes on the eve of Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Banner at The Valley, which begins the 2019 graduates Inglis Race Series.

“These changes have been made following extensive communication with owners and trainers to ensure the best field sizes can be achieved for both races,’’ Inglis’ GM of Bloodstock Operations and International Development Jonathan D’Arcy said. 

James Ross, the Australian Turf Club’s GM of Racing, Wagering and International, added: “In its first year the Inglis Millennium proved to be an instant success with inaugural winner Castelvecchio going on to win the Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes later in the carnival while the Inglis Sprint has produced many outstanding winners from recent renewals.’’