A competitive juvenile maiden over 1250m at Canterbury on Wednesday was won by first starter Minsk Moment, a son of champion sire I Am Invincible.
Minsk Moment found a tough opponent in Capitalist colt Stick To Your Guns, but emerged triumphant.
Under hard riding by James McDonald, Minsk Moment edged Stick To Your Guns by a short-half-head.
Minsk Moment was purchased by James Bester Bloodstock/Coolmore Stud for $575,000 from the Yarraman Park Stud draft at Magic Millions.
“We are blessed to have a lovely crop of colts this year,” stable representative Charlie Duckworth said.
“It’s taken a bit of time to get to the bottom of this guy and work out where he sits.
“He trialled well leading into today. He drew a perfect barrier, and you don’t like to give them too hard a time, especially first-up on a heavy track.
“It seemed that every time James went for him, he would surge but did not know how to put the race to bed. I’m sure he will improve enormously.”
Bred by K Biggs Enterprises Pty Ltd and T Russell, Minsk Moment is the first foal of the Oratorio (AUS) mare Dancing Express, runner-up in the Group III WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Group III Champion Fillies Stakes.
A half-sister to stakes-winner Stagnite, Dancing Express has a yearling filly by Hellbent, who Australian Bloodstock purchased for $100,000 out of the Yarraman Park Stud draft at Magic Millions this year.
Minsk Moment becomes the 14th individual Australian 2yo winner by I Am Invincible in Australia this season.