I Am Invincible's Media Sensation Toughs it out in Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes

Breednet - Saturday November 21

Talented mare Media Sensation backed up an eye-catching performance at the Ellerslie trials earlier this month with a comprehensive front-running effort to take out the feature event for the fillies and mares at Pukekohe on Saturday, the Gr.2 Dunstan Feeds Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).

Media Sensation Photo: Trish Dunell

Successful at the elite level as a three-year-old when winning the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m), the now five-year-old I Am Invincible mare hadn’t been seen at the racetrack since finishing second at Ellerslie back in early March.

Trainers Peter and Dawn Williams gave her plenty of time off after that run before bringing her back for her first trial in mid-October. Two more trial runs preceded Saturday’s raceday reappearance where she paraded in fine fettle for rider Opie Bosson.

Bosson bounced his charge away from a middle barrier to take up the running before setting a muddling pace throughout. Media Sensation gave a good kick in the run home as she held out Showoroses and Supreme Heights in a driving finish to record her seventh victory and go one better in the event, having finished runner-up to race rival Yearn in the 2019 edition of the contest.


Dawn Williams was thrilled with the performance and believes a stint of beach-work had made a major difference to her charge.

“We have been quite happy with her and had done a good bit of work with her on the beach,” she said.

“She had a really good break over the winter and we didn’t rush her back.

“The time she spent at the beach has really brought her on and she did look good heading to the start today.

“We are mindful of her feet though, as she can get a bit clunky running on the really hard tracks. 

Media Sensation was a $425,000 purchase out of the Lime Country draft at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale

“The track today suited her and it was a lovely ride by Opie.

“We targeted this race first up and now she has that under her belt we will have a look towards what is next for her.”

One of the missions that the Williams’ have in mind for their charge is the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s day.

“I think she is best at around 1200m-1400m so we have her nominated for the Railway at Auckland,” Williams said.

“Even though she got the mile when she won her Group One, she is better over the sprint distances.

“She just needs to get into a good rhythm, like she did today and she can be a hard horse to get past.

“She goes well fresh so I’m not sure whether we would have another run before Ellerslie but we will just see how she comes through this one.”

Raced by Barneswood Farm’s Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer, Media Sensation has now won seven times from 17 starts, with four at stakes level and has amassed over $385,000 in prizemoney.


Race Result - Thoroughbred Breeders' Gr2 1400m

Pukekohe Park Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:23.13
Media Sensation
T: P & D Williams J: O P Bosson 57
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Different To (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
I Am Invincible
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $425,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Ltd
B: Mr GC Beemsterboer
T: Ms J Surgenor J: V A Colgan 57
4m Showcasing (GB) x Rodrigo Rose (NZ) (Rodrigo De Triano (USA))
Supreme Heights
T: M H Brosnan J: M J Mc Nab 57
5m Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Summer Heights (NZ) (Stark South (USA))
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 57
6m Savabeel (AUS) x Quizzical (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Jennifer Eccles
T: S Ritchie & C Murray J: J K Riddell 57
4m Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Platinum Elle (NZ) (Elnadim (USA))
T: K & B Kelso J: C J Grylls 57
6m Savabeel (AUS) x Sopra Tutto (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA))
Je Suis Tiger
T: G T Hennessy J: J J Fawcett 57
6m Tiger Prawn (SAF) x Je Suis (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
T: L R Noble J: L G Innes 57
4m Makfi (GB) x Enjay (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Le Castile
T: N W Tiley J: S T Collett 57
6m Dalghar (FR) x Awatea (NZ) (Never Til Dawn (USA))
T: Ms K Fursdon J: S R Weatherley 57
7m Savabeel (AUS) x Princess Uno (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
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