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Gun New Zealand mare Imperatriz blitzed her own track record in her barnstorming win in Friday night’s Moir Stakes 2023 ahead of more Group 1 targets in Melbourne this spring.
The speedy daughter of I Am Invincible made it three-from-three at the tight Moonee Valley circuit letting down late to easily account for her rivals in the Group 1 $750,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) under the lights.
She came off a win fresh in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at the same track and trip winning by 2.5 lengths first-up.
The Mark Walker-trained sprinter was equally as dominant second-up saluting in a slick 56.47 seconds to break her own 1000m track record.
After balancing up on the short straight Imperatriz ($1.65F) ran over the top of the brave runner-up Asfoora ($8) for her one-length success to become a six-time Group 1 champion.
Third went to Queenslander Uncommon James ($8.50) who finished 2.25 lengths off the odds-on winner.
Jockey Opie Bosson flew in for the ride aboard the now six-time Group 1 winner and was thrilled to partner her for her second elite level success down under adding to the William Reid Stakes from the autumn.
“Credit to the team … she’s a privilege to ride,” Bosson told the media post-win.
“She just gives you an amazing feeling when she lets down… I was a little bit worried today, she was a bit fresh, she tried to buck me off going to the start but onwards and upwards I think.”
Walker confirmed plans to remain in Victoria with Imperatriz who has won her past three on the trot in Melbourne despite the $20 million prize on offer for Randwick’s The Everest slot-race on October 14.
“She’s so happy here I don’t see any sense on putting her on a float,” Walker, who now has stables based at Cranbourne, said.
“They’re prestigious races and she’s loving it down here.”
The mare’s next-up assignment will be a return to The Valley on Cox Plate Day, October 28, for the Group 1 $2 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m).
Imperatriz is already at a very short quote of $1.70 in all-in 2023 Manikato Stakes betting at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.
From there she is likely to head to Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival for the Group 1 $3 million Darley Champions Sprint (1200m) on November 11.
2023 Moir Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||7||IMPERATRIZ||Mark Walker||Opie Bosson||5||56.5kg||$1.65F|
|2||8||ASFOORA||Henry Dwyer||Mitchell Aitken||1.25L||6||56.5kg||$8|
|3||3||UNCOMMON JAMES||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Damian Lane||2.25L||7||58.5kg||$8.50|
|4||2||THE INFERNO||Cliff Brown||Jake Noonan||3.25L||8||58.5kg||$61|
|5||1||ROTHFIRE||Robert Heathcote||Blake Shinn||3.45L||1||58.5kg||$5.50|
|6||4||ZOUSTYLE||Tony Gollan||Damien Oliver||4.45L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|7||5||GENERATION||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||4.85L||2||58.5kg||$26|
|8||6||ACROMANTULA||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Craig Williams||9.35L||4||58.5kg||$51|
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