Probabeel goes to Another Level

 
Probabeel goes to Another Level29 Feb 2020

Probabeel sent her future broodmare value skyward when she claimed top honours in the Gr.1 Surround Stakes at Randwick.

The Cambridge Stud-owned filly came with an irresistible run to gain a deserved victory at racing’s highest level.

In her first trip across the Tasman in the spring, she was hampered by rain-affected going, but still performed creditably.

She finished runner-up in both the Gr.1 Flight Stakes and in the Gr.2 Tea Rose Stakes behind Funstar on both occasions.

On Saturday, the Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel had her day in the sun by turning tables on the Chris Waller representative.

She relished the firmer surface on offer at Randwick and, under a typically cool Opie Bosson ride, finished powerfully to land the prize.

“It’s great for Brendan and Jo Lindsay and I’m so happy to get a Group One win for them,” Richards said.

He also singled out Cambridge Stud Chief Executive Officer Henry Plumptre for the part he had played.

“Henry has been a great person to bounce ideas off in the last couple of years and it’s just a really big thrill,” Richards said.

“We only gave the filly a light spring and we were always keen on the Karaka Million and she became first horse in history to win both of them.”

Richards expected Probabeel to also derive benefit from her Randwick outing and as she moved up in distance.

“She had to do it the hard way and she’s come back so much stronger this time in. She is an amazing filly,” Bosson said.

Probabeel was close in the early running before the backmarkers circled the field, but once clear she mowed the opposition down.

“I got myself into a bit of a pocket and I was lucky enough that this horse was so good and got me out of it,” Bosson said.

“All credit to Jamie, he does an amazing job with his horses, and the team and it’s great to get a Group 1 for Brendan and Jo Lindsay.”

Probabeel was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $380,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale.