She’s Back Baby - Fiesta Wins G3 Northwood Plume

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 10

I Am Invincible racked up an early stakes double at Caulfield on Saturday with brilliant two year-old filly Fake Love scoring impressively on debut in the Listed MRC Debutant Stakes and then classy five year-old mare Fiesta burst back to top form to win the Group III MRC Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m).

Read about Fake Love here.

Fiesta wins the G3 Northwood Plume - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

The Chris Waller trained Star Thoroughbreds colour-bearer had been winless since taking out the $1million Inglis Sprint in February 2019 beating Golden Slipper winner Estijaab.

A good third at her first run in Melbourne this preparation indicated Fiesta was on her way back and she kept up the good work, finishing off with a late rush for Hugh Bowman to win by three-quarters of a length.



“She was a very good three year-old filly, but she just seemed to lose her form last season,” said Bowman.

“Her will to win has not diminished and she proved that today.

“She’s a lovely mare and it’s great to be winning in the colours of Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds.”

Fiesta enjoys that winning feeling!  - image Brett Holburt / Racing Photos

A $150,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Star Thoroughbreds / Chris Waller Racing from the Fairhill Farm draft, Fiesta was bred and offered for sale by Mike and Debbie O’Donnell and has the overall record of four wins and 10 placings from 27 starts with prizemoney of $1.4 million.

Fiesta is the best of three winners from Now Now, a winning half-sister by Danehill Dancer (IRE) to Group II placed Rock Cocktail from the family of Group III winners Charm Scene Land and Stock Around.

Now Now has a yearling filly by Pierro and was covered by Justify (USA) last spring.

I Am Invincible is Australia’s most expensive stallion this season standing at Yarraman Park at a fee of $209,000.



Race Result - Northwood Plume Stakes Gr3 1200m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.69
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 55.5
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Now Now (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
I Am Invincible
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
T: D Binaisse J: Craig Williams 57
4m Unencumbered (AUS) x Los Feliz (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
T: Mitchell Freedman J: M Zahra 56
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Broadway Harmony (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
Smart Missile
T: A & S Freedman J: Jamie Kah 55
4m Lonhro (AUS) x Erato (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 58
4m Deep Field (AUS) x Pane In The Glass (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 57
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Samaready (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Godolphin
Too Good Too Hard
T: P Stokes J: L Nolen 55
5m All Too Hard (AUS) x The Good Wife (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: Phillip Stokes Racing Pty Ltd
Algadon Miss
T: M M Laurie J: B Prebble 55
5m Equiano (FR) x Il Diamante (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Bons Abroad
T: K L Corstens J: M J Dee 55
4m Bon Hoffa (AUS) x Villa Albani (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damian Lane 55
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Spirits Dance (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
My Pendant
T: D T O'Brien J: John Allen 55
5m Pins (AUS) x My Locket (AUS) (Any Suggestion (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Ltd
Embrace Me
T: D T O'Brien J: D Moor 55
5m Shamexpress (NZ) x Party Royal (NZ) (King's Chapel (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Henley Park, Cambridge, NZ
B: Blue Sky Bloodstock Pty Ltd (FBAA)
In Good Time
T: T J Bartley J: M Rodd 56
6m Time Thief (AUS) x Turbo Rose (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Caulfield Guineas Winner Palace Reign Passes Away
Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Palace Reign has died at Alwyn Park Stud in WA aged 31.
Press Statement Filly Goes Two for Two
Progressive three-year-old Hold The Press maintained her unbeaten raceday record with a slick front-running performance at Trentham on Sunday.
Sires With Winners - Tuesday October 27
Here is the full list of 23 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Dundeel Colt Ready for Derby
While Flying Start Syndications Director Cameron Bennett is disappointed he won’t be able to be on course to watch Let’s Karaka Deel in the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday, he is over the moon to have a strong contender in the race.
Is He the Next Superstar for Te Akau?
Need I Say More (No Nay Never) produced one of the New Zealand spring’s standout three-year-old performances in Saturday’s $100,000 Group Two James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa. 
Winning Rupert 2YOs On Track for Ballarat MM Clockwise Classic
Two jump outs at Ballarat on Tuesday morning for juveniles preparing for the annual Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat in November were both won by youngsters sired by Newgate Farm’s young gun Winning Rupert.
Australian Buyers Active at Tattersalls Horses in Training
The second session of the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale is underway with Chris Waller Racing securing two high priced lots and Paul Moroney Bloodstock and partners securing another.
Kings of the Kids
The ability to regularly sire plentiful juvenile winners is a unique talent possessed by few stallions and in recent years that title of most successful Australian sire by juvenile winners has been dominated by a handful of stallions.
Would You Breed to Camelot If You Could?
Having sired first (Sir Dragonet) and third (Russian Camelot) in the Group I MVRC Cox Plate last weekend, Camelot has cemented his place as the most desirable sire for Australian buyers shopping in the Northern Hemisphere for both tried horses and yearlings, which is somewhat of an irony.
Weekend European Stakes Double for Pride of Dubai
Pride of Dubai is the reigning Champion Australian First Crop Sire and the dual Group I winning son of Street Cry is also making his presence felt in the Northern Hemisphere where he has sired more stakes-winners than any other first season sire this year in Europe.