Jamie Kah aboard Sneaky Five (Image: Racing Photos)
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace won the $500,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) for the second-consecutive season as Sneaky Five defeated stablemate The Art Of Flying at The Valley on Saturday.
Maher, who won last year's Inglis Banner with Ideas Man, suggested the Inglis Banner served as a 'second jumpout' for Sneaky Five, who collected the $300,000 first prize for owners Rosemont Stud.
Ridden by Jamie Kah, Sneaky Five ($5.50) jumped cleanly from barrier three and settled behind the leaders Capital Raider and Gossitino before peeling off heels ahead of the home turn and pouncing on the lead upon straightening to score by 1.25 lengths.
The Art Of Flying ($15) made ground along the rail to close into second while Tempest Charm ($8.50) produced an eye-catching debut, held up until the 200-metre mark before surging into third.
WATCH: Sneaky Five's Inglis Banner win
"The team has done a great job and the system is working well, so very proud and it's great to get a winner for the Rosemont team," Maher said.
"She was the most inexperienced of all of ours (runners in the Inglis Banner) and to give Mitho (Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen) some credit, we had a conversation after she'd trialed very well the first time.
"He (Anthony) said, 'What about going to the races' and I said 'I'll take her to The Valley and give her a gallop around here'.
"She was very impressive and progressed the right way, so we rolled the dice and what a nice second jumpout.
"I think she was about $300,000, so she gets most of her purse back today, she's going to be a lovely broodmare for them."
Bred by Goldin Farm and purchased by Rosemont Stud for $305,000 as a yearling, Sneaky Five is a half-sister to Listed winner Beautiful Mind, dam of Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Small Minds.