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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||–||–|
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