Ontrack’s troubled galloper Invincore overcame significant issues to return to the winners’ list at Grafton.
Now a four-year-old, Invincore launched his career in April 2018 with a win at Ipswich in a maiden two-year-old for Gold Coast trainers Toby and Trent Edmonds.
“He only had two runs at two but unfortunately suffered a broken pedal bone in a foot and that necessitated a lengthy spell,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“He got over the foot injury and was ready to race in February this year when we got a bit concerned about his breathing so he went to Gatton University where a dynamic scope detected an issue which was corrected with laser surgery.
“It’s been a long time off for the horse, but we’ve always had a good opinion of him so he was worth investing the time in.
“He resumed over 900 metres at the Gold Coast but missed the start and never got into the race.
“To step up to 1200 metres at Grafton after such a long break was a bit of a task, but his natural ability and will to win proved the key to a victory.
“He’s a lovely horse to do anything with and his magnificent temperament has proved invaluable during his lengthy spells of rehabilitation.
“Trever Bailey at Waverley Park and Greg Bennett at Fenwick Farms have been key factors in getting the horse back to the races and Toby and Trent Edmonds did a great job to have him fit enough to win at 1200 metres second up,” said Grant Morgan.
A stallion by I Am Invincible from Yields OF Gold, Invincore was purchased by Grant Morgan for $260,0000 which was the highest price on day five of the 2017 Magic Millions Sale.
Winning rider Ryan Maloney maintained a good run in the Ontrack all gold colours after winning at Lismore on Sparkling Facet last week.
“He was very good today. He jumped cleanly from out wide and got over to the fence but he then wanted to go a bit keenly and took a while to settle.
“That’s just a lack of racing thing and he’s going to learn a lot from today. He showed good fight when that horse came at him and he really pinned his ears back and had a crack,” said Ryan Maloney.
Congratulations to our winning owners: Steve Mauger, Pat Crotty, Sandra and Lindsay Hitchener, Barbara Gilbert, David Worthley, Dennis and Margaret Frew, Gordon Henry, Jenny and Jim Edington, Mark Ostermeyer, Mark Snowden, Bayles Girls Racing (Pam, Amanda and Jill Bayles and Kim Arnell), Gold Seven Syndicate (Peter Battersby, Greg Bowers, Hamish Coleman, Greg Goodman, Ron Grantham, Ryan Lawlor, Stefan and Luisa Marinkovic, Dan Paton, Damian Pound, Josh Ryan, Lisa Saxton, David Sutherland), Runaway Bay Sports Centre Syndicate (Phil Day, Mark Doran, Kenny Edwards, Geoffrey Illich, Jason Kelly, Steven Ralph, David Vertullo, Matthew Whitehouse, Kevin Willetts, Tom and Gill Wyld, Ted Gregorski).