13/1/2020 Curtain closes on Martin's Magic mare
Invincibella claimed her third win on the Magic Millions biggest raceday, however it now seems likely her next assignment on the Gold Coast won’t be on the track where’s she’s starred but the sales complex across the road.
Purchased for $185,000 by Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds from the 2015 Sledmere Stud Draft, Invincibella is a five-time stakes winner, headlined by her Group 1 success in the 2019 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m).
Martin lauded the mare as one of the best gallopers she’s been associated with, high praise considering the astute syndicator has purchased and raced the likes of Danglissa, Driefontein, Sebring, Theseo, Foxplay and D’argento, all Group 1 winners.
“She’s a high achiever, when you have mares win 12 races, to win five stakes races and $3 million it’s is very special, she’s so admired nationally and a really special racehorse, she’s right up there with the best I’ve ever bought,” Martin said.
“We currently plan to sell her at the broodmare sale at the end of May, she’ll be highly sought after possibly even by international buyers.
“She’ll be a wonderful broodmare, she really is a lovely big strong mare who really has a way about her, it’s really special, I bought my first horses here when I established Star Thoroughbreds 25 years ago.
Martin was urged to race Invincibella on for another season by trainer, Chris Waller, a decision which reaped immediate rewards, however the time is right for her to be phased into the next stage of her life.
“At the end of May last year we weren’t so sure we were going to continue on with her because we thought she might have come to the end of her racing life but Chris said we should continue on,” Martin said.
“A fortnight after I thought we decided we might sell her, she won the Dane Ripper at Eagle Farm for the second time, a fortnight after that she won the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) so we were well advised.
“I didn’t think when she was three that she would win a Group 1, I didn’t think at four she’d win a Group 1, she’s six and rising seven and she’s had the best 12 months of her career.
“Chris has the capacity to train horses over an extended period, Winx told us that if we didn’t know already but I said to him today, ‘you’ve just done an extraordinary job with this horse over a long time’.
“She’s the sort of horse we come to sales like this and hoping to buy, if we had a crystal ball and were looking five, six years down the track to know that’s what we’ve been able to achieve and that’s the quality we’ve been able to buy, she’s really special and that’s why we’re all here.”