OFFERS for In Her Time have hit $1.5 million but owner Peter Brown is backing the Newcastle-trained star to keep increasing her value on the track, potentially in Saturday’s The Everest consolation, the $500,000 Sydney Stakes, at Randwick.
The Ben Smith-trained five-year-old mare missed a place in The Everest (1200m) despite a last-start win in the group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on September 30 over a host of starters in this Saturday’s $10 million feature. She was named on Tuesday as one of four Everest emergencies.
The win took In Her Time’s earnings past $1 million from just 15 starts and increased her worth as a broodmare prospect.
The Herald was told Brown had fielded an offer of $1.75 million for In Her Time, which he bought after she was passed in at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling when failing to make a $40,000 reserve. The mare is leased, at least until early next year, to a wider ownership group.
Brown said the $1.75 million figure had been “mooted” but offers for In Her Time were nothing new.
“There’s been several offers for her, all the way through,” Brown said. “They started at $150,000 a year and a half ago, and they are now at $1.5 million.”
The 67-year-old Bar Beach owner-breeder, though, said he had no intention to sell in the short term.
“We’ll wait until she finishes her racing career before we consider selling her, because the way she’s going, she may earn another million and a half in prizemoney,” he said.
“Why would you sell when on Saturday she’s running for $500,000, then for a million and then she might come back and run in the TJ Smith, which is $3 million, and she might go again to Queensland for races like the Stradbroke and Tatt’s Tiara.
“While she’s OK, she can stay where she is, because at the end of her racing career she’ll still be worth $1.5 million as a broodmare.”
In Her Time was set for a Melbourne campaign taking in the group 1 Manikato Stakes (October 27) and Darley Classic (November 11) but could now race next in the Sydney Stakes. Brown said they will accept for the race, which will keep her in contention for the Everest if a runner is scratched.
In Her Time drew nine of 14 for the Sydney Stakes, which will become gate eight with emergencies out. Brown said the prizemoney, In Her Time’s record as a multiple group 2 winner at Randwick over 1200m and the weight-for-age conditions made the Sydney Stakes a tempting proposition but the decision to run would be left to Smith, who had done “an amazing job” with the horse.
Smith said he would make a call later in the week but “the way she’s going, there’s every chance we will run on Saturday then head to Melbourne for the Manikato, then we may miss the Darley”.
“It’s probably a good draw for her with all the main chances drawn awkward, but we’ll play it by ear. It depends on her more than the rest of the field. We’ve got to consider whether she can get through a run on Saturday and race again in a fortnight because the Manikato is probably the main one.”
Smith said his stable star was “going enormous and has put on 10 kilos since her last run”.
“She just keeps developing and getting better and now she’s a bit older and a bit more mature, maybe she can handle a tougher workload,” he said.