Madeira Sunrise (AUS)

Madeira Sunrise (AUS)

2 f I Am Invincible – Indrabeel (Savabeel)

O: K Chung & M W Chung

B: Allam Racing Syndicate

T: Michael Freedman

S: 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale V: Yarraman Park Stud P: Mitchell Bloodstock (FBAA), $200,000

W: Darley Lonhro Plate, Listed, 1000m, February 4, Randwick

The Michael Freedman-trained Madeira Sunrise (I Am Invincible) put in an impressive debut performance when winning the Lonhro Plate (Listed, 1000m) at Randwick last Saturday.

While stablemate Mexico (Capitalist) was withdrawn at the barriers, the juvenile filly jumped well, but was a little keen under jockey James McDonald in the early stages of the 1000-metre contest.

Challenging strongly for the lead at the 200-metre marker, the daughter of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) kept on well under pressure to readily hold off the challenge of favourite The Sicilian (I Am Invincible) by a half-length with a further length back to Portorosa (Not A Single Doubt) in third.

“She’s a pretty green filly, she’s probably got plenty of upside,” McDonald said. 

“She just wanted to overdo it a fraction when the speed came back out of the race. She was strong. She had to outtough a horse and she did a good job.”

Freedman was eyeing up either the Reisling Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) on March 4 or the Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) on February 25, both back at Randwick, for the filly following her victory.

“She’s quite progressive and both her trials at Warwick farm [second and third] were good trials without really being asked to do too much – I think there’s a bit of improvement to come,” Freedman said.

“If she comes through today we can look at one of the good fillies races coming up. Whether it’s the Reisling or the Sweet Embrace.”

A $200,000 purchase at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for Mitchell Bloodstock out of the Yarraman Park draft, Madeira Sunrise is out of the Savabeel (Zabeel) mare Indrabeel, a three-time winner that was also placed in the Aami Centaurea Stakes (Listed, 2024m) on her final of 23 outings.

The mare has a filly by Deep Field (Northern Meteor) who heads to April’s Inglis Easter Sale as Lot 177 through the Yarraman Park draft. She missed to Newgate Farm stallion Brutal (O’Reilly) last year.

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