Slot Holder: GPI Racing
Breeding: I Am Invincible – Romany Flyer
Trainers: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
Owners: Mr D W Lilley, Mrs S Lilley, EST D K Dong, Mr D E Lowe, Ms G C Coward, Ms F Bishop, Mr C Charalambous, Mr T J Pender, Ms M N Zuluaga Ruiz, Mr L Polglase, Mr S A Barton, Mr A A Smith, Mr G J Whitford, Mrs C L Lowe, Mr R C Lowe
Jockey: Stephen Baster
Invincible Star may be starting her spring campaign with just five starts under her belt but she’s already proven herself at Group 1 level.
So while her selection for The Everest may surprise some, given slot owner GPI Racing is also part-owner of superstar Chautquaua, it’s her brilliant speed, potential and her form around international Group 1 winner Merchant Navy that appealed.
“She has speed, x-factor and an unknown quality which could see her be a star over the spring,” said Andrew Williams, bloodstock agent and slot manager for Greg Ingham.
“We’ve been onto her for a while now as a racing broodmare prospect so we’ve always had an eye on her. She’s been one of our top picks from day dot.
“We’ve used a number of form analysts that have confirmed our own thoughts around her. The numbers she has run to date along with the potential to significantly improve on that make her a really exciting sprinter. She is an absolute machine of a mare when you see her in the flesh.”
Co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, who already have English in the $13 million feature for slot holder Damion Flower, have been outwardly bullish about how well Invincible Star is going. It was there for everybody to see in her two trials and they proved the clincher in the end.
“The trial at Warwick Farm was the one that made Greg and I really concentrate on her. Super Too is a speed machine. She comfortably sat behind her and Pierata was back in third,” he said.
“From her work in the mornings to her trials, she has been really impressive the whole way through. Adrian (Bott) was adamant this horse deserved a shot.”
It comes at the expense of Chautauqua, who ran in the GPI Racing slot last year with Ingham a part owner of the champion grey.
“Last year with Chautauqua we knew we were always going to be last at the 300m but this year we could potentially be first at the 300m and we’ll have to see what the outcome is thereafter,” said Williams.