Caulfield Guineas Goal for Invincible Colt

Tara Madgwick - Saturday August 29

The Aquis colours were carried to victory in the Group III ATC San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday by exciting colt Anders and shortly after were back in the winner’s circle again after the Group III ATC Ming Dynasty (1400m) was won by I Am Invincible colt Holyfield.

Holyfield scores a dominant win in the G3 Ming Dynasty - image Steve Hart

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Holyfield was a Group III winner last season at two and was having his second run back from a spell.

Not comfortable when resuming on a heavy 10 track, Holyfield appreciated the firmer footing this time and surged to the front for Tim Clark to control the race.

He led for home and was strong to the line in winning by a length and a quarter .


“Tim rode him really well, he was keen to get to the front and control it and then backed him off,” said Ciaron Maher.

“I always thought the Guineas (Caulfield) would be the race for him, but we haven’t worked out his exact program as there are a few options.

“We might send him down for the Guineas Prelude so he can get used to that way of going.”

An $800,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Segenhoe draft for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Aquis, Holyfield has the overall record of four wins from seven starts with prizemoney topping $226,000.

Holyfield was an $800,000 MM purchase

He came out of the same draft as two other Group winning juvenile colts last season in King’s Legacy and Barbaric.

Bred by Segenhoe, Holyfield is the is best of three winners from Group I VRC Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle and comes from the family of Golden Slipper winner Star Watch.

A top class daughter of Dane Shadow, Hurtle Myrtle was bought by Segenhoe for $1million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale back in 2012 and has been a terrific producer delivering a foal in all bar one of her years at stud since then.

She has a yearling filly by Not a Single Doubt and was covered last spring by Deep Field.

Holyfield is the second stakes-winner of the new season for Yarraman Park’s champion I Am Invincible, who stands at a fee of $209,000.



Race Result - De Bortoli Wines Ming Dynasty Gr3 1400m

Rosehill Track: Good(4) Time: 1:22.55
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Tim Clark 59
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Hurtle Myrtle (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
I Am Invincible
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $800,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Phoenix T'Breds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
T: David Payne J: J R Collett 53.5
3g Smart Missile (AUS) x Valerina (AUS) (Val Royal (FR))
Smart Missile
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $14,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Payne Racing Pty Ltd
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 55
3c Sebring (AUS) x Red Tracer (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 56
3c Star Witness (AUS) x Vintage Strike (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock
Oscar Zulu
T: C J Waller J: Ms K O'Hara 53
3g Epaulette (AUS) x Ininthree (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Gilgai Farm Nagambie Vic
B: G & C Pastoral Co Pty Ltd
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: B Avdulla 55
3c Snitzel (AUS) x World Joy (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
Street Dancer
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 54
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Danehill Smile (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Anthony Cummings Tbreds/Colm Santry Bstock
MM National Weanling Sale $210,000
V:Coolmore Australia Jerrys Plains NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
T: C J Waller J: G Boss 53
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Lady Circles (AUS) (Ascot Knight (CAN))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley
B: Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
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