Warwick Farm conditioner Bjorn Baker displayed his considerable skills with a young horse once again when producing Miss Invincible to win the time-honoured Wellington Boot.
The $150,000 feature was contested yesterday and Miss Invincible charged home late to score an impressive win at only her third race day appearance. The filly ran second on debut at Rosehill in December but was beaten in the rich Inglis Classic Race at Randwick when she lost a plate and pulled up with a slow recovery.
She was fresh-up at Wellington, but a trial win in March had her fit enough to score in the hands of leading provincial jockey Greg Ryan.
Bjorn Baker has won a Magic Millions Classic with Unencumbered and a Inglis Classic with Twilight Royale and Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan said the trainer’s great record with young horses was the reason he is sending three outstanding young horses to Baker this year.
“We have had a long and successful association with Bjorn and Ontrack will be sending him yearlings by Brazen Beau and Written Tycoon as well as a ready to run filly by champion New Zealand stallion Tavistock.
“The Brazen Beau-Fifty Eight Facets we bought at the Karaka Sale in January is going to be earmarked for the $1 million Karaka Classic Race at Ellerslie next January. Given Bjorn’s remarkable ability to set juveniles for rich sales series races, we are confident this lovely filly is in the right hands to tackle the Karaka race.
“The Written Tycoon-Bequia Beauty colt came from the Inglis Sale and is a full-brother to the smart filly Queen Becki, who has won two of only three starts and looks a very smart three-year-old.
“Bjorn has had outstanding success with progeny of Written Tycoon, including a Group One win with Music Magnate and major wins with Winning Rupert so it was obvious he was the trainer to prepare this colt.
“The other filly we are sending to Bjorn’s Warwick Farm stable is a Tavistock-Miss Debonair filly purchased at Karaka last year.
She’s had a solid foundation in New Zealand with promising young trainer Jacob McKay and she has trialled very well over the Tasman and is now ready to cross the ditch and head to Bjorn.