Undefeated Hellbent colt Fully Lit made a clean sweep of the $2m Inglis Millennium and $400,000 Inglis Pink Bonus with a devastating victory in the 2YO feature at Randwick on Saturday.
Having drawn gate 17 in the 1100m race, Fully Lit tried to cross the field but got no closer than three-wide the trip for jockey Regan Bayliss, but it proved no hurdle for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt.
He exploded at the 200m mark to put a sizeable gap on his rivals and held on to win by the best part of a length.
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The victory was a lucrative one as he picked up the $1.155m first prize cheque and also an extra $400,000 for being the first Inglis Pink Bonus-eligible runner home.
For Redfox Racing’s husband and wife duo Tracey Rook and Bill Duncan – who purchased Fully Lit for just $60,000 at last year’s Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of his breeder Glenlogan Park – the win was extraordinary.
“It means the world to us,’’ Duncan said.
“There’s so many people to thank, the breakers, trainers, Inglis are just unbelievable but the person I want to thank most is my wife [Tracey], she does such a great job, she’s up at three in the morning, lucky to be in bed by midnight, six, seven days a week.’’
Rook added: “When we looked at him at the Inglis [Classic] Sale last year he was a sensational looking horse and we just loved him from the start.
“It’s hard to believe it was this time 12 months ago we found him!’’
Fully Lit is a half-brother to last season’s speedy juvenile The Novelist, who is also trained by Gai and Adrian and won the Group III BRC BJ Mclachlan Stakes last year before going amiss prior to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Bred and sold by Glenlogan Park, Fully Lit is the second foal and second winner from metro winning Snitzel mare Sunlit, a half-sister to Group II winner Vo Heart from the family of dual Group I winner Magical Miss.
Fully Lit is the fourth stakes winner for Hellbent and his win has given his sire a commanding lead on the third season sires table by earnings.