By Ray Hickson
She’s been competing with the best sprinters in the country so Invincible Star faces an important test of form and fortitude in the Listed $140,000 Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
It’s fair to say the mare has been busy this spring and her owners deserve a reward for their troubles.
She kicked off her preparation on September 1 and until her failure in the Premiere Stakes was a runner in The Everest but she was ultimately ruled out with lameness.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott said Invincible Star is showing no signs of wanting a break since returning from her two start Melbourne campaign.
“Condition wise she hasn’t taken a backward step, she looks to be doing very well in work,’’ he said.
“I know she has been up a while but we’ve tried to freshen her and it’s fair to say it’s a significant step back in class for her.
“It’s a nice stepping stone to ensure we have her back on track.’’
Invincible Star is the second favourite at $4.20 with TAB in the Starlight behind Marsupial ($2.90) despite being beaten a length in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes two starts ago.
Invincible Star's close second in The Shorts at Randwick in September
Bott concedes her run at Flemington, when beating two home, last start was disappointing but with a Magic Millions start ahead he’s expecting her bounce back.
The mare was selected by GPI Racing to run in The Everest prior to her starting favourite when third in Redzel’s Concorde Stakes first-up then she was touched out by Ball Of Muscle in the Group 2 Shorts.
“She just has to bring that form through to Saturday, which I think she can, and I’d be confident she will take some beating,’’ he said.
“Judging on her work and what we’ve seen at home she’s giving every indication she will be competitive.
“We’d certainly like to see her win to warrant pushing on this campaign. We’re mindful she’s been up for a while but she’s not telling us she’s ready for a break just yet.’’
Tasmanian galloper Mister Songman makes his debut for the Waterhouse/Bott stable in the Happy 21st Madeleine Sprint (1100m).
The four-year-old ($9 with TAB) has won four of his seven starts in the Apple Isle and showed enough in his recent trials to suggest he’s a horse that will measure up through the summer.
“He’s a nice style of horse and arrived up to us in great shape,’’ Bott said.
“I’ve liked what we’ve seen of him in his trials and his work. It’s a nice test for him and will give us an indication where he’ll be best placed going forward.’’
Bott said Mister Songman should come into his own once he gets to 1400m but would be disappointed if he didn’t produce a handy first-up effort over the sprint trip.