One-time Godolphin raced Ligulate presented another strong case for tried stock sales when narrowly winning the $75,000, Hellbent First Crop at Inglis Classic Open Handicap (1600m) on Brisbane’s Saturday metropolitan program at Doomben.
The only open event on the nine-race Doomben card, Ligulate went to post an odds-on favourite and had to do it the hard way, rounding all of his six rivals racing into the home straight and finding plenty in a dog-fight with Prometheus to score in a photo-finish.
Spectroscope (USA), another Brisbane-based galloper formerly raced by Godolphin, claimed third, over a length in arrears of the runner-up.
Ligulate actually commenced his racing career when Darren Beadman was at the helm of the Godolphin stable, the training responsibilities of the team being in transition from John O’Shea to James Cummings.
A strapping son of Domesday, Ligulate was even thought precocious enough to tackle a January 2018 juvenile event won by Estijaab — the subsequent Golden Slipper winner of that generation.
Subsequently successful in two races when sporting the famous Godolphin blue livery, Ligulate was then sold to Cody Morgan Racing/Australian Bloodstock for $34,000 at the National Racehorse Sale in 2019 and his career hasn’t taken a backward step since.
Ligulate’s Doomben win was his fifth in the colours of Australian Bloodstock, the 5-year-old having also saluted at Rosehill, Tamworth twice (including the Tamworth Cup), and at Doomben again at a previous visit.
Ligulate’s race record now reads 29 starts, seven wins and eight placings for the not so inconsiderable sum of $450,250 in prizemoney.
Ligulate is another glowing testimonial for the scouting talents of Australian Bloodstock who burst on the domestic scene when buying Master of Design as tried horse before the stallion's win in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, and who have since enjoyed a plethora of major winners by applying their unique criteria including Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.
Ligulate scored by a Short Neck, with 1-1/4 Len separating second and third.
SPs on the race were Ligulate $1.95 fav, Prometheus $3.60, and Spectroscope (USA) $19.00.
Winning time was 1m35.95s (final 600m in 34.51s).
Ligulate provided Andrew Mallyon with his second winner of the day as the former Melbourne-based hoop scored aboard Mystic Gem in the first.
Mallyon then proceeded to register an early hat-trick on the Doomben card when steering home Gunnoble to victory in the third race of the day at the Brisbane metropolitan meeting.
What a run from Ligulate! Coming from the back to get the win ahead of Prometheus and Spectroscope. pic.twitter.com/9fPntJZpCE— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) January 23, 2021