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10th Feb


Top Filly On Day One of Inglis Classic For Bhima

A filly by I Am Invincible proved popular yesterday evening, with Queensland-based trainer Gillian Heinrich having to fight off stiff competition to secure the filly for $340,000 from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft.

Catalogued as Lot 96, the filly is out of the placed Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Demonstrable, whose one foal to race has been a winner.

Demonstrable herself is out of Hela Dubai (Danehill), who is a three-quarters sister to Arrowfield Stud’s former Champion sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) and Group One winner Platinum Scissors, while this is the same family as Group One winners Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago), Hurricane Sky (Star Watch), Umatilla (Miswaki) and Gathering (Tale Of The Cat).

Heinrich told ANZ Bloodstock she was very taken with the filly, who she believed would make an early two-year-old.

“She’s a beautifully put together filly and she looks a runner, which is what we are always looking for,” said Heinrich.

“Everything we like in a horse, she has. It’s a great family and she has a great page.

“I would say by the look of the pedigree she would make a broodmare as well, but the way she’s built she’ll make an early two-year-old first!

“The Inglis Millennium two-year-old race would be the aim. Those incentives are the reason we try and get round to all the sales to keep our options open.”

Heinrich also said they didn’t expect to pay that much for the filly, but were so keen to take her home that they were willing to pay that price.

“We didn’t expect to go that high, but when you really like you have to go after it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mike Fleming of Bhima Thoroughbreds told ANZ Bloodstock News with the way I Am Invincible is going at the moment the timing could not have been more perfect.

“She is a lovely filly, looks like a really sharp two-year-old type and obviously at the moment the stallion can not be going any better so it makes my job easier,” said Fleming.

“We thought because she looked like a really sharp two-year-old type bringing her here would be a good idea and I thought she might stand out a little bit and with stallion is going well everything fell into place.”

“We valued her at about half that, but she prepped really well and improved all the way through and she looked fantastic on the day and that obviously really helped.”

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