I Am Invincible was in red hot form on Saturday with eight individual winners around Australia, but none was more impressive than exciting two year-old filly La Pomme de Pin, who blitzed her rivals to win the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.
Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell was underbidder on last season’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Houtzen, but he looks to have worthy contender for the valuable race on the Gold Coast in January in the shape of La Pomme de Pin.
La Pomme de Pin was second to Long Leaf at her career debut at Morphettville four weeks back, before Long Leaf confirmed the value of that form when successful in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown seven days ago.
The daughter of I Am Invincible jumped to the front under Joe Bowditch then cleared out to win the 1200 metre sprint by five and half lengths.
“She’s just a natural, we made our intention clear she was going to lead and after fifty metres she was Black Caviar odds,” Kennewell said.
“For a little filly she’s done everything right to get to this stage.
“She had one jump-out before her first defeat. She’s come on since then, she stayed at Flemington and galloped terrific during the week.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved including, Harry Mitchell from Yarraman Park for breeding her and my biggest and best owner Santo Guagliardo, a champion bloke who will be watching back in Perth. It’s great to get another really good one for him and he might have a runner in the Gold Coast Magic Millions now.
“I was underbidder on I Am Invincible’s last Magic Millions winner so hopefully, we can go one better and have a runner in it. It would be nice.
“We’ve got 14 I Am Invincibles in the stable, she’s got a bit to do to catch up with Viddora and Via Balciano (who won earlier in the day) but they are all really nice horses.”
Bred by Yarraman Park, La Pomme de Pin was an $85,000 purchase by her trainer from the Attunga Stud draft at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.
A few months later, Yarraman Park sold her dam Crimson Lane, carrying a filly by The Factor, for just $7,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale.
The dam of four winners from six to race, Crimson Lane is a half-sister by Danehill to Group III winner Crimson Reign, the dam of Group II ATC Theo Marks Stakes and Group II BRC Moreton Cup winner Deploy.