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The Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) has long been easy viewing for Chris Waller and it was the same again on Saturday when Invincibella and Noire ran first and second.
The pair fought out a tight finish at Rosehill Gardens without any other threat and Sydney’s leading trainer watched on in delight as Invincibella beat her stablemate by a short half head with favourite Champagne Cuddles more than two lengths back in third.
“It’s been a good race to us with Red Tracer and Catkins winning,” Waller said.
“They’re the ones you don’t mind which way the photo goes and well done to Denise Martin (Star Thoroughbreds). She’s a tireless worker and I’m grateful to be training for her.”
Waller is keen to ensure his pair don’t meet again this spring but Saturday’s victor will head to a Group 2 in a fortnight at her home track.
“Noire’s best is still to come and there’s so many options for her in the spring so we’ll try to find a race where they don’t clash,” he said. “They both have bright futures.’’
The rail was the place to be at Rosehill and Invincibella’s jockey Hugh Bowman knew that and did his best to find an opening on the better part of the track but had to make his run wide.
“It was a determined effort against the bias,” he said. “There was plenty of pressure up front and I was comfortable throughout. I didn’t really want to come out where I went but I had no other option and she did the job for me.” – Ray Thomas, The Daily Telegraph