Bigger Invest Returns in 2013 John Dillon Stakes

January 24, 2013

Bigger Invest Returns in 2013 John Dillon Stakes

Group 1 winner Invest is the biggest and strongest she’s ever been heading into her first-up test in the Listed 2013 John Dillion Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.


Group 1-winning mare Invest is back in action in the John Dillon Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday

The Heath Conners-trained mare was a standout as a three-year-old but failed to fire in four starts against the older horses at the Spring Carnival.

Rather than be disappointed with the spring, Conners believes the hit-outs have helped condition her into better horse and is positive about her chances this autumn.

“Those three or four runs last prep probably did her the world of good,” Conners told Sky Radio.

“She’s come back a real mare now, she’s a lot bigger, a lot stronger and a lot more settled as well.

“Peter Mertens came and trialled her last week and he said she’s the biggest and strongest he’s ever seen.”

The opinion of Mertens is not one to be taken lightly as he has ridden Invest in her past 10 starts including to victory in both the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks at Morphetville and the Group 3 Roses in Queensland last winter.

While Conners admits the 1400m could be a bit short this weekend, he expects the Dehere mare to run a strong race and be “cherry ripe” for the 2013 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield in two weeks time.

“She’s drawn lovely. I think they’ll probably be a little bit sharp for her but I think she’ll run a cracker,” he said.

The Geelong trainer will wait and see how the four-year-old performs in her first two starts before deciding the rest of her program but has nominated her for the Group 1 2013 Australian Cup and is optimistic about her autumn prospects.

“She’s nominated for the Australian Cup, we’re aiming high with her and if she shows a bit of the quality she did the campaign before she’ll be right up there,” Conners said.

Markets are now available for Saturday’s Caulfield action so sign up to to back a great-value winner.

For an extra betting boost quote the code BONUSBET when joining to take advantage of their huge $400 bonus bet offer!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field