Fiesta Wins Flemington Derby Day Finale

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 31

Classy five year-old I Am Invincible mare Fiesta has rediscovered her best form and made it back to back stakes wins when capturing the final race at Flemington on Derby Day with a dominant win in the Group III VRC Furphy Sprint (1100m).

Fiesta wins the G3 Furphy Sprint - image Brett Holburt - Racing Photos

The Chris Waller trained Star Thoroughbreds colour-bearer was a last start Group III winner at Caufield and carried that good form into this assignment carrying more weight to charge home from last and win running away by more than a length under Hugh Bowman.


"I thought maybe the 1100 metres was a bit short of her best distance, but it's a bit of a testing track with that headwind today, so it certainly set up for a horse of her pattern of racing, but she was certainly dominant,” said Hugh Bowman.

“I had them covered, pretty comfortable, a fair way out.

"Chris has got her in fine form. I personally thought she felt a bit better in herself this afternoon than she did last start.

"I don't know if we can find another race for her this week, but she's in great order."

Fiesta has her winning groove back - image George Salpigtidis- 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 five wins and 10 placings from 28 starts with prizemoney of $1.5 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 producing a filly on October 5.

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



Race Result - Furphy Sprint Gr3 1100m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:03.71
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 57
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
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))
All Too Hard
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: Phillip Stokes Racing Pty Ltd
T: K A Lees J: J B Mc Donald 55.5
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Listen Here (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Bless Her
T: Shea Eden J: Jye McNeil 55
4m Street Boss (USA) x Blessit (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore
B: TD Wilson
California Zimbol
T: P & P Snowden J: M Zahra 57
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Zimaretto (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $450,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: Asian Bloodstock Services
T: T & C McEvoy J: Michael Poy 57
4m Zoustar (AUS) x Solar Charged (AUS) (Charge Forward (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing/David Redvers Bstock
Diamond Effort
T: C W McDonald J: B Melham 57
5m Mossman (AUS) x Relativity (AUS) (Geiger Counter (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA
B: D Romanelli
T: P & P Snowden J: L Currie 56
4m Snitzel (AUS) x The Darling One (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Kitchwin Hills
T: John Thompson J: Craig Williams 56
4m Deep Field (AUS) x Cattalo (AUS) (Tiger Hill (IRE))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Western Breeders Alliance
B: Prime Thoroughbreds
Miss Iano
T: Mark C Webb J: B Park 55
7m Equiano (FR) x Miss Panama (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
From Within
T: D T O'Brien J: D Moor 55
6m Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Zimaretto (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA)
How Womantic
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 57
4m The Wow Signal (IRE) x Banderilla (AUS) (Delzao (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Sun Stud, Kerrie
B: Spicer Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
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