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Racing round-up - Invincibella makes it 18 for Waller as Melbourne Cup put on agenda for Vow And Declare

Adam Cusworth in News 22 Jun 2019
  • Round up of all the big race news as we take a look at where the big names are headed next
Invincibella won the Tatts Tiara (PA IMAGES)

Feature racing was at Eagle Farm on Saturday June 22 for the final Group 1 race of the 2018/19 season, while in the southern states, the action was at Flemington and Randwick. 

Here is our round-up of the day as we take a look at where the big names are headed next. 

Waller makes it 18 at Eagle Farm

Chris Waller notched up a record breaking 18 Group 1 wins in a season after Invincibella took a thrilling Tatts Tiara (1400m) ahead of the Godolphin duo of Pohutukawa and Savatiano. 

Sent out a $10 chance, the five-year-old poked her neck out just at the right time to edge past her rivals, joining the likes of Winx, The Autumn Sun and Verry Elleegant as winners at the highest level for the stable this season. The top three from the race are likely to head to the paddock for a spell. 

While Godolphin missed out in the final Group 1, the powerful stable did enjoy a winning double at the venue with Kordia claiming the Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (1400m) for the two-year-olds, while Duca Valentinois scored in the Listed Mumm Open (1820m). Those two are also likely to spell. 

Other winners at Eagle Farm included Brave Song, who claimed the Healy Stakes (1200m), while Vow And Declare was way too strong in the Tattersalls Cup (3000m). 

Vow And Declare couldn't have been any more impressive, taking on the older horses after finishing runner-up in the recent Queensland Derby (2400m). The Danny O'Brien stable will now aim to get him to qualify for the Melbourne Cup (3200m) later this year. 

Funstar continues perfect record at Randwick

The Chris Waller-trained Funstar continued her unbeaten start to her career when she took out the opening race of the day for the two-year-olds at Randwick. She will now be put aside for a spell and will target races over a mile and beyond in the spring. 

The Hawkes-trained Sesar showed that he is in for a promising preparation when he resumed with a win in the Winter Dash (1200m), defeating Boss Lane and Jungle Edge. 

The John Thompson stable enjoyed a winning double as Primitive and Commader secured wins, while No Doubt broke a two-year drought by claiming victory in Race 5 of the day. 

Gytrash is too good at Flemington

The feature at headquarters was the Creswick Stakes (1200m) and it was a dominant performance by Gytrash, who claimed the Listed race by over two lengths from Golden Halo. 

The South Australian galloper made it six wins from 10 starts, including his last two at Flemington. 

Looking Ahead

Group racing heads to the Sunshine Coast for the Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) , a race that Winx once claimed in astonishing fashion, the first of her streak. In Sydney, racing is at Rosehill for the Civic Stakes (1350m). 


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