Veteran hoop Jim Byrne will chase a fourth...
Honest mare Invincibella saluted in an historical edition of the Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm handing her trainer Chris Waller a record 18th Group 1 win for the season and her jockey Jason Collett his first win at the highest level.
Backing-up from a successful title defence in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, which has now produced seven of the Tiara winners since 2009, five-year-old Invincibella finally broke through with a Group 1 success in the $500,000 Brisbane feature.
Rounding out Group 1 racing for the 2018-19 season, the Tattersall’s Tiara result also elevated Waller to a class of his own with the master trainer preparing a record 18 Group 1 winners for the season.
He previously sat equal with the late, great Tommy Smith who trained 17 Group 1 champs during the 1979/80 season.
Waller’s record 18 Group 1 wins for 2018/19 included seven from champion mare Winx, four from The Autumn Sun and two by Very Ellegant.
Invincibella joined Shraaoh, Nature Strip, Patrick Erin and Shillelagh as his other individual Group 1 winners for the season.
Collett was thrilled post-win becoming the third Group 1 winning hoop for his family after Invincibella fended off the Godolphin-raced duo Pohutukawa in second and Savatiano in third to take out the Tiara.
“It’s a long time coming,” he said.
“She copped a fair bump…she managed to pick herself up.
“A very good effort by Chris and his team.
“She’s a multiple Group 2 winner and now a Group 1 winner.”
Invincibella, fifth in last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara held at Doomben, showed true tenacity to get the job done and continued her excellent Queensland strike-rate.
“I think she’s off to the breeding barn after this so it’s a pretty good swansong,” Collett, who before the 2019 Tiara had ridden 11 Group 1 second placegetters, said.
Connections however could now be tempted to race on with the daughter of I Am Invincible, heading not to the breeding barn but to the Gold Coast during next year’s Magic Millions Racing Carnival chasing a third successive victory in the $1 million MM Fillies & Mares race over the summer.
2019 Tattersall’s Tiara Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||INVINCIBELLA||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||–||7||57kg||$10|
|2||18||POHUTUKAWA||James Cummings||Blake Shinn||0.1L||4||55.5kg||$5|
|3||10||SAVATIANO||James Cummings||Tommy Berry||0.5L||11||57kg||$4.40F|
|4||4||OREGON’S DAY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Walker||1.25L||18||57kg||$81|
|5||15||JAMAICAN RAIN||Richard Laming||Jamie Kah||1.35L||6||57kg||$31|
|6||7||ECKSTEIN||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||1.55L||14||57kg||$21|
|7||11||NOIRE||Chris Waller||Robbie Fradd||1.65L||9||57kg||$20|
|8||5||PRINCESS POSH||Kris Lees||Larry Cassidy||1.85L||12||57kg||$26|
|9||12||NAANTALI (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Nikita Beriman||2.05L||17||57kg||$91|
|10||8||WINTER BRIDE||Toby Edmonds||Ryan Maloney||2.15L||5||57kg||$19|
|11||3||SPRIGHT||Garry Frazer||Michael Cahill||2.25L||8||57kg||$10|
|12||16||OUTBACK BARBIE||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||2.65L||1||55.5kg||$19|
|13||17||MULTAJA||James Cummings||Jeff Lloyd||3.05L||10||55.5kg||$9|
|14||19e||BACCARAT BABY||David Vandyke||Micheal Hellyer||3.8L||16||55.5kg||$31|
|15||13||SIREN’S FURY||Jason Coyle||Tegan Harrison||4L||3||57kg||$101|
|16||14||PECANS||Kris Lees||Tim Clark||4.2L||2||57kg||$81|
|17||9||EGG TART||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||8.7L||15||57kg||$17|
|18||6||IRITHEA||Bjorn Baker||James Orman||9.45L||13||57kg||$31|
|–||22e||SPLIT LIP||Will Clarken||Matthew McGillivray||–||0||–||–|
|–||23e||SWEET DEAL||John Thompson||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||21e||PLATINUM ANGEL||Toby Edmonds||Ben Allen||–||0||–||–|
|–||2||PROMPT RESPONSE||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||–||0||–||–|
|–||20e||CON TE PARTIRO (USA)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|
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.