Maiden Of The Week

Tiz Invincible (AUS)

3 f I Am Invincible – Amuletum by New Approach

O: Ciaron Maher Racing (Mgr: C Maher), E J Lucas, K Gorski, D M Toohey, Mrs T Toohey, H G Toohey, Mrs J Toohey, A J Lees, L Caminiti, Mrs J Caminiti, T Inglis, D A Vedelago, C S White, J M Simmons & Ms S M Fitzgerald

B: Phoenix Thoroughbred 

T: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace

S: Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale V: Segenhoe Thoroughbreds P: Bahen Bloodstock / Ciaron Maher Racing / Eric Lucas / Astute Bloodstock, $550,000

W: The Rosebud, Listed, 1100m, August 12, Rosehill 

Prior to her start in last week’s The Rosebud (Listed, 1100m), the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Tiz Invincible (I Am Invincible) was rated one of the best maidens in the country and she showed why she was labelled as such when triumphing in the Listed event first-up at Rosehill last Saturday.   

The filly kicked off her career with a fourth-placed finish in Canberra’s premier two-year-old event, the Black Opal Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) in March, before enhancing her reputation further with a brilliant performance to finish second in the Percy Sykes Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) on April 8, beaten a length and three-quarters by the winner Kristilli (Hellent). 

Starting a $3.40 favourite, Tiz Invincible gave her backers and connections a few early worries after she dwelt at the start of the 1100-metre sprint, but she was quickly up on the heels of the early speed, set by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained duo Introducing (Trapeze Artist) and The Instructor (Russian Revolution).

After taking control in the final stages, she eventually defeated Introducing by a long-neck, with The Instructor finishing a gallant third. 

“Beautiful. Someone just said to me, ‘you don’t often break your maiden in stakes races, especially in a field like that. She has always been a quality filly and she has got a huge pedigree,” Maher said, after the win. 

“She was a little bit slow into gear, but I didn’t mind that, as she was always going to get a good run, but just in the mid stages, she got up on the bridle a little bit, and being a bit soft, I thought she might feel that late, but her quality kicked in.

“I was just talking to [Astute Bloodstock’s] Louis [Le Metayer] and he told me her mother won over 2800 metres. I’m not sure she’ll be getting out that far, but she is sharp, she trialled up well, and she has been sharp in that win there, so I’ll be interested in what James [McDonald] has to say. 

“She‘s just a proper racehorse, you could see how she had to push out and make her own luck and then still knuckle down. For a green horse, it was a fantastic ride by him, and he doesn’t often get it wrong.”

By reigning champion sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), Tiz Invincible is out of Amuletum (New Approach), a half-sister to nine-time Group 1 winner and now Darley stallion Anamoe (Street Boss), who looks destined to be crowned last season’s Australian Racehorse of the Year.

Bred by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Tiz Invincible was offered by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds at the 2022 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, where she fetched $550,000 to a combination of Bahen Bloodstock, Ciaron Maher Racing, Eric Lucas and Astute Bloodstock.

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