It’s a new season and a new crop of two year olds are being readied to race by Yarraman Park’s superstar sire I Am Invincible, who sired juvenile trial winners in Sydney and Melbourne on Monday.
The Rosehill barrier trials on Monday featured the first heat for new season two year-olds which was won by an I Am Invincible colt from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable. Typically well-educated as you would expect from this stable, two year-old colt Santos jumped well and quickly found the front for Josh Parr.
He travelled one off the fence outside of Epaulette filly Meryl, who also ran encouragingly, making a real race of it with Santos until the colt drew clear at the finish to win the 900 metre heat by a length. Raced by a syndicate headed by Mt Hallowell Stud, Santos was a $180,000 Inglis Classic purchase for his trainers from the Emirates Park draft and is a half-brother to Aussie bred Japanese stakes-winner Melagrana.
He is from good producer Ghaliah, a half-sister by Secret Savings (USA) to Group II winners Mutawaajid, Adeewin and Fatoon, the dam of Group I winner Fat Al. This is a family Gai Waterhouse knows inside out, so Santos will have every opportunity to excel.
Renowned for producing early two year-olds, Tony McEvoy unleashed exciting colt Still Invincible at the Cranbourne trials and he duly did everything right to win his 800 metre heat comfortably in 50.53 seconds. A $900,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Milburn Creek draft, Still Invincible runs for well -known owners Graham and Linda Huddy and is a half-brother to two-year-old Group I winner Sizzling from former smart General Nediym two year-old Admirelle.
I Am Invincible sired 29 Australian two year-old winners last season and has a larger crop of two year olds to run for him this season, his first conceived at a higher fee than his initial $11,000.