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Powerhouse trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have a key contender for the upcoming Group 1 Flight Stakes in a fortnight with their class filly Tiz Invincible continuing her outstanding spring with a dominant 2023 Tea Rose Stakes win for the punters on Saturday.
Coming off The Rosebud – Furious Stakes double this prep the progressive daughter of I Am Invincible made it three on the trot with a stylish victory in the Group 2 $300,000 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).
Given a gun ride by apprentice Zac Lloyd in a turn of luck at the meeting for the young hoop, the winning filly was settled just off the pace fifth behind the previously undefeated leader Tropical Squall for Waterhouse & Bott.
After going a little keen early Tiz Invincible eventually dropped in before bolting home the closing stages.
Tropical Squall upped the ante at the top of the straight while Tiz Invincible ($3.20F) came for her along the fence.
Lloyd moved her off the inside squeezing through a tight gap to take the lead 150m out and power home for a big win over Gary Portelli’s Brave Smash filly Kimochi ($4) who had to settle for another placing after also running second in the Furious Stakes over 1200m.
“You can see she’s still coming in the coat,” co-trainer Ciaron Maher told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-win.
“She’s running better every time we go to the races.
“She’s relaxing a little bit better, Zac’s (Lloyd) beautiful ride, she had an even more explosive turn of foot today.
“She couldn’t be any more exciting really.
“She’s always shown us plenty and I think she’s got so much in front of her.
“I suppose she’s doing what she’s doing now, but even still she’s got so much developing to do.
“I think there’s a hell of a lot in front of her.”
Doing well to hold on for third and complete the Tea Rose Stakes trifecta was the pace-maker Tropical Squall ($5.50).
Tiz Invincible is now the all-in $3 favourite in 2023 Flight Stakes betting for the Group 1 over 1600m on Epsom Handicap Day on September 30.
Zougotcha (2022) achieved the double last year and now Tiz Invincible looks pretty hard to beat stepping-up in distance having gone from strength-to-strength this campaign.
“It was a bit of a test today, up to the 1400 metres to get her to relax,” Maher said.
“She had been a little bit keen in the middle stages, but she relaxed beautifully and I’m really looking forward to the Flight now.”
2023 Tea Rose Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||TIZ INVINCIBLE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Zac Lloyd (a)||2||56kg||$3.20F|
|2||3||KIMOCHI||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||1.35L||5||56kg||$4|
|3||8||TROPICAL SQUALL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||2.04L||12||56kg||$5.50|
|4||10||FRENCH ENDEAVOUR||Matthew Smith||Dylan Gibbons (a)||3.1L||14||56kg||$31|
|5||14||SUMMER LOVING||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||3.33L||8||56kg||$17|
|6||15||PRIVATE LEGACY||Gregory Hickman||Tyler Schiller||4.01L||3||56kg||$91|
|7||11||TUTTA LA VITA||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||4.16L||13||56kg||$41|
|8||2||AUTUMN BALLET||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Sam Clipperton||4.23L||10||56kg||$14|
|9||13||MUMBAI MUSE||Michael Freedman||Brett Prebble||4.8L||4||56kg||$14|
|10||12||UNIQUE AMBITION (NZ)||John Sargent||Chad Schofield||5.19L||9||56kg||$26|
|11||7||AUGUST BLOOM||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tom Sherry||5.82L||7||56kg||$21|
|12||9||CAPTAIN AMELIA||John O’Shea||Joshua Parr||6.22L||16||56kg||$101|
|13||4||MISS JOELENE||Kelly Schweida||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||7.18L||11||56kg||$51|
|14||6||ZARDOZI||James Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire||13.42L||1||56kg||$31|
|15||5||PLATINUM JUBILEE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||14.61L||15||56kg||$31|
|16||16||NANTUCKET ISLAND||Edward Cummings||Brock Ryan||14.65L||6||56kg||$201|
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