I Am Invincible Filly Impressive on Debut

Tara Madgwick - Thursday November 26

David Ellis and his Te Akau Racing Syndicates are renowned for their success from purchasing out of the Karaka sale ring, but it was an I Am Invincible two year-old filly sourced from Magic Millions in Australia that had them in the winner’s list at Otaki on Thursday.

Imperatriz in the Te Akau colours salutes at Otaki on Thursday - image Te Akau Racing.

The Jamie Richards trained Imperatriz overcame a wide drawn and heavy 10 ground to score a short neck win on debut in the 1000m juvenile contest as favourite.

“She was a filly that the more we did early with her, the better she became and it was good tough first-up win,” said Jamie Richards.

“We gave her a bit and she trialled well at Matamata. Her action suggested she might appreciate soft ground and while having some troubles with her in the barriers, she is getting better.

“She missed the kick, but scooted up behind them quickly and it was a nice ride by Danielle (Johnson). She handled the wet, testing conditions, and we’d expect her to improve with it. 

“We’ll take our time with her, but she could be seen around Christmas time at Ellerslie. She has a terrific pedigree and the team at the Uni Barn have managed her well. Troy (Harris) has spent a fair of time educating her, at the jump outs and trials, and a big thank you to him too.”


Imperatriz was bought for $360,000 at Magic Millions from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft by David Ellis and is the second foal and first winner for Berimbau a Group II placed Shamardal (USA) mare from the family of Group II winner Royal Courtship.

Bhima Thoroughbreds will offer the current yearling from Berimbau, a filly by Fastnet Rock, as Lot 96 at the 2021 Magic Millions.



Race Result - Uzabus & Coaches 1100m

Otaki Track: Heavy(10) Time: 1:09.30
T: J W Richards J: D S Johnson 55
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Berimbau (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: David Ellis
T: F J Auret J: L J Allpress 55
2f Your Song (AUS) x Automatic Slim (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Redbank North/Huntworth Stud, Harden, NSW
B: Beamish Bloodstock International
Silky Red Fox
T: Ms L Latta J: J K Riddell 57
2c Foxwedge (AUS) x Miss Gucci (NZ) (Makfi (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $45,000
V:Blandford Lodge
B: Go Racing
Belardo Boy
T: Ms L Latta J: L T Hemi 57
2g Belardo (IRE) x L'amour (NZ) (Towkay (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $28,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Lisa Latta Racing
T: S B Marsh J: M Cameron 55
2f Belardo (IRE) x Medrano (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $40,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Ribot Stud
Dragon Biscuit
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: S T Collett 57
2g Choisir (AUS) x Dawning Light (FR) (Siyouni (FR))
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $35,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club
Martina Diva
T: A C Baker J: T L Taiaroa 52
2f Swiss Ace (AUS) x Gibraltar Diva (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $15,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr AC Baker
T: S B Marsh J: W F Pinn 52
2f Dissident (AUS) x Callista (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $60,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Go Racing
MM National Weanling Sale $35,000
V:Kambula Stud Kadina SA
B: Chris Phillips
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