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Sam Kavanagh begins the long term mission of a Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2015 win this weekend saddling up nicely bred filly Invincible Dame for her race debut in Sydney.
A daughter of second-season sire I Am Invincible, the two-year-old has her maiden run at Rosehill Gardens in Saturday’s opener – the $85,000 Sire Custodians Plate (1100m).
Drawn in barrier three in the small six starter field for the set weights plus penalties clash, Invincible Dame will have Jason Collett aboard as she looks to make a good first impression.
She’s had two trials leading up to her debut running second at Royal Randwick over 734m on November 17 before an 896m win on November 25 at Rosehill.
Chad Lever was aboard for the victory, Invincible Dame showing nice early speed to lead winning in a smart performance, but Collett also has experience on her back having ridden her for her first trial.
Kavanagh is hoping the promise she showed in her trials will transfer to race day now as he eyes a trip to Queensland for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 10.
“We’ve won a trial and the Magic Millions is the dream,” he said.
“The dream is alive at this stage but obviously at the same time it wouldn’t burst the bubble on Saturday if she got beat because she’s still new.
“They’re never easy to win these races.
“But she’s working great and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Boosting Invincible Dame’s chances of first-up success is the withdrawal of Clarry Conners’ 2015 Golden Slipper hope, last start winner Aegean Sea from the race.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic has been the aim all along for Invincible Dame, a $130,000 buy, who he was attracted to as a yearling at the Gold Coast MM Sales back in January because of her sire.
“I really wanted to find a horse for the Magic Millions last year so I bought a filly and this is her,” Kavanagh said.
I Am Invincible took out the first-season sires’ premiership last season and is on a roll again this term with his three-year-old progeny doing especially well.
He currently leads the second-season race with nearly a 50% win rate for his offspring, further boosting Kavanagh’s confidence in his purchase.
“I Am Invincible is a stallion that I’ve really attacked,” he said.
“I’ve got a couple of three-year-olds by him with I Am Zelady probably being our headline act.
“He’s a tough colonial stallion from Yarraman Park where they do an amazing job.
“He throws such good types and very sound horses.”
In between Saturday and the Gold Coast Kavanagh plans to run Invincible Dame in the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m) in Sydney on December 18.
Another Magic Millions-bound filly for Kavanagh this summer is the aforementioned I Am Zelady who he has heading towards the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) after two good runs in Sydney.
She debuted with a Canterbury win over 1250m on October 24 then crossed under half a length away third in a blanket trifecta at Rosehill over 1300m on November 15.
Kavanagh is also looking at a run in the Magic Millions Stayers’ Cup with Centre Pivot.
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