Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman scored a big payday at Flemington ion Saturday when his promising I Am Invincible filly Capriccio won the $500,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) beating stakes-winner Bella Nipotina by three-quarters of a length.
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A journey that started 11 years ago laid the foundations for the win today for Capriccio, who now has two wins from fours start with prizemoney topping $330,000.
It all began at Inglis’ Australian Weanling Sale at the old Newmarket site in 2010 when Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock teamed up with the Gereaux family’s Bungan Street Thoroughbreds to buy a Lonhro filly for $80,000.
They raced the filly as Lonhspresso – she won four of her 15 starts including two at Stakes level – before deciding to breed with her and Capriccio is her second foal.
Capriccio realised $300,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale through Dance’s Esker Lodge, purchased by Bowman and Dance’s ATB, who wanted to stay in the filly.
“Daniel bought her and asked if the breeders wanted to stay in so we took a share each and Daniel sold the rest down through his client base,’’ Dance said.
“It’s good for our brand to be able to breed a good horse and sell it through Inglis. We’ve given all our yearlings this year to Inglis to sell at Premier so the timing couldn’t be any better either.”
It’s not the first time an I Am Invincible has won the $500,000 Inglis Dash, with Hellbent taking out the lucrative sprint in 2016 before going to Group I success as an older horse two years later.