Mare proves to be Invincibella
BRISBANE-based breeder Andrew Grant-Taylor was basking in the glory of his first $2 million winner after Invincibella went back-to-back in the Magic Millions F&M at the Gold Coast yesterday.
The Chris Waller-trained mare proved a shade too strong for Godolphin mare Manicure, who had enjoyed a soft run on the speed.
Grant-Taylor, a pharmacist by profession, has been chipping away in the breeding game for the best part of two decades and knows how difficult it is to get a good horse.
“A lot of hard work, a lot of empty dry creek beds and one river of gold through one part of the family. Fantastic,” he said.
“She is really tough. She had three weeks off at the end of the winter. At the end of the second week a windstorm came through and she bashed down an iron fence they had to take off and run over to straighten again.
“The following Saturday she was back in work.
“When I saw her on Tuesday she was bandaged heavily in three legs and she was back in work on the Saturday. She’s a tough girl.”
Invincibella’s story dates back to the Karaka sale of 2002 when Grant-Taylor bought her grand-dam Luminata.
“We sent Luminata to Galileo and Abscond (Invincibella’s dam) was the result,” he said.
“She was hopefully going to be my Oaks filly, but unfortunately she got a leg injury that caused her trouble.
“So she was retired and we went to I Am Invincible the first year on the advice of Brett Howard and we got a very large, healthy girl.”
She was prepared for the 2015 Magic Millions, where Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds gave $185,000 for her and Grant-Taylor bought a share to get back in.
“Some of my friends say it’s a pity you sold her, but if I hadn’t sold her she wouldn’t have ended up with Chris Waller and we probably wouldn’t have had the ride we’ve had today,” he said.
“Some things are meant to be and I couldn’t be more delighted.”
The last remaining challenge for Invincibella is to net that elusive Group 1 win.
Winning rider Hugh Bowman said the five-year-old wasn’t as effective when she got over more ground.
“This is her perfect distance. 1200m is too short and she’s not at her best at 1400m,” he said.
“The favourite had things its own way and I was lucky I was able to find his back on the corner. I’m so proud of this girl. She thoroughly deserves it.”
Waller said Bowman’s ride proved the difference.
“She’s got a bit of class and it was good to see her get the upper hand over the last 50m,” he said.
GLORY DAYS: Andrew Grant-Taylor and wife Nielma after Invincibella’s win. Picture: Trackside Photography