With the action in the sale ring across the road taking a rest for a few hours, the foucs turns to the $10million Magic Millions race day upon us, where Blue Sky Bloodstock will be represented by three yearling purchases racing on the day.
In the feature event of the meeting, the $2million Jeep Magic Millions (1200m), unbeaten fillies FROM WITHIN (Not A Single Doubt) and the Gai Waterhouse co-purchased INVINCIBLE STAR (I Am Invincible) were yearling selections and buys for Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock.
The final event of the nine-race card day sees PROMPT RETURN (Beneteau) content the $1million Myer Magic Millions Sprint wearing the Blue Sky Bloodstock silks.
Secured from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud for $200,000 in conjunction with Gai Waterhouse, Invincible Star made her debut in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes at Flemington during the Spring carnival where the Mr D W Lilley, Mrs S Lilley, Mr D K Dong, Mr D E Lowe, Ms G C Coward, Ms F Bishop, Mr C Charalambous, Mr T J Pender, Ms M N Zuluaga Ruiz, Mr L Polglase, Mr S A Barton, Mr A A Smith, Mr G J Whitford, Mrs C L Lowe and Mr R C Lowe-owned daughter of I Am Invincible could not have been more impressive, charging away for a two and a quarter length victory.
Kept fresh for Saturday’s race, the filly has been given two barrier trials, with the most recent a five length romp at Wyong that should see the Tim Clark-ridden filly spot on.
Also having just her second start in the race is Not A Single Doubt filly From Within, who was also secured from the draft of Yarraman Park for $360,000.
Raced by Mark Sowerby and Raffles Racing, the Chris Waller-trained filly made her debut on December 31 at Canterbury and her winning performance at the time saw the filly elevated to favourite for Saturday’s race.
Set to be ridden by Hugh Bowman, From Within has had many talking about how exciting she is, with Waller also indicating that she is clearly a classy filly with a bright future.
Both Invincible Star and From Within have many ‘hoodoos’ to overcome if they are to win the race, but the most significant being that no horse has officially won the race at just their second start.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained No Looking Back was first past the post in her juvenile year at just her second start before losing out to stablemate Driefontein on protest.
No matter what the outcome of Saturday’s race is, both fillies have shown tremendous ability so far, and we are excited what the future holds for them.
The following race sees the Toby Edmonds-trained Prompt Return line up in the Magic Millions Sprint.
Purchased from the draft of Newgate Farm, Prompt Return, a son of former Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase BENETEAU, has been in great form since transferring to the Gold Coast base of Edmonds.
Winning four of his last seven starts, the Group 3-winning juvenile faces some stiff opposition, but his last start third over 1000m at Listed level indicated that the four-year-old was looking for further, and with one victory from only one start at the track, there are many positive factors leading into the race.
Prompt Return will be ridden by leading jockey Jeff Lloyd who has won on him on numerous occasions and from barrier nine should be able to get into a good position for owners Mark Sowerby and Ron Hamer.
It is extremely exciting and rewarding to have three yearling purchases running on the day and we wish our connections the best of luck in their respective races and thank them for their continues support.