Invincibella made it back-to-back Group II Dane Ripper Stakes successes at Eagle Farm on Saturday as trainer Chris Waller set his sights on a valuable Group I win for the mare later this month.
The five-year-old outlasted the fast finishing Platinum Angel in a desperate photo-finish, with stablemate Prompt Response in third.
Invincibella beat home Prompt Response in the same race last year and added some more valuable black type to her resume.
Waller told Racenet during the week that all three of his runners, including Noire, would head to the Group I Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm on June 22 and he confirmed his I Am Invincible mare was his best chance after winning on Saturday.
“She’s been struggling for form this prep we thought age may be catching up with her, but to come back to a familiar race looks like she’s back on track,’ Waller said.
“Her grand final is in two weeks with the Tatts Tiara, which Prompt Response and Noir will also head towards and that’s a good confidence boost for her ahead of a Group One.”
“She’s been a great money spinner this horse, she’s won two Group One’s in her time and with this probably being her last campaign we’d love to land one more for connections.”
Invincibella tasted victory in the Group II Sheraco Stakes last year and was a winner of the $1 million Magic Millions fillies and mares race in 2019.
Jockey James McDonald was in the same position last year and relished the opportunity to win again in Queensland.
“She’s a mighty mare,” McDonald told Sky Racing.
“She tries her best and that is all you can ask for.
“Her work has been at bit lacklustre but she obviously saves it for race day. Chris and his team do a mighty job.
“A few gear changes kept her stimulated and the team has done a wonderful job.”
Waller won the opener in Sydney with Catwalk and the winnings from Invincibella’s win saw the premier trainer break the $40 million mark in prizemoney for the season. – Racenet.com.au