The Australian Horse of the Year Awards on Monday evening saw outstanding Extreme Choice colt Stay Inside honoured as the Champion 2YO for 2020/2021.
Trained by Richard and Michael Freedman, Stay Inside won on debut at Randwick on January 23 and quickly progressed to stakes company winning the Group I ATC Golden Slipper at his fourth start.
Ridden in the Slipper by Tommy Berry, Stay Inside produced a commanding length and three-quarter victory over Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe.
A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Freedman Brothers/Rick Connolly Bloodstock, Stay Inside was a successful pinhook, having been bought originally from the Kingstar Farm draft at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $60,000.
He has won over $2.2million in prizemoney and runs for an ownership group that includes Newgate Farm and China Horse Club.
Bred by Kingstar Farm, Stay Inside is the first winner for Nothin Leica Storm, a half-sister by Anabaa (USA) to the dam of stakes-placed Dinnigan and Pouting Lips from the family of Group I Caulfield Guineas winner Wonderful World.