Matryoshka, an I Am Invincible half sister to the boom colt Winning Rupert is set to debut at the Gold Coast tomorrow if forecast showers can stay away.
Prepared by promising young trainer Leon Davies, Matryoshka was secured by Ontrack Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January for just $80,000.
Since her purchase Matryoshka's pedigree received an immediate boost with the arrival of her smart 3yo half brother Winning Rupert. A colt by Written Tycoon, Winning Rupert is unbeaten in 3 starts and is favourite for the $2m Magic Million Guineas in January. Prepared by Bjorn Baker, Winning Rupert recorded a Winter Group 2 win in the Champagne Classic at Doomben, the same race won by our own Brazen Beau at two.
Leon Davies, together with fiancé Melissa Dennett, have recently established a Gold Coast satellite stable to compliment their highly successful Tamworth stable.
Davies is concerned about debuting the well credentialed filly on a Heavy track.
“Its not ideal to be running any 2yo having its first start on a heavy track,” said Davies.
“She has a good deal of ability but she is probably still another preparation away and she shapes nicely as a late Autumn/Winter 2yo.”
“She won her jump out in good style two weeks back but is probably doing it all on adrenaline and fear at the moment.
“If she runs she will need to probably go to the front over the 900m,” said Davies
The filly is owned by a group of clients of the Davies Stable and Ontrack, headed by principal owner Brett Bowman with the filly carrying his White and Green colours.
Matryoshka was named after the Russian Nesting dolls of the same name, and is a throwback to the il-fated filly Babooshka.
“I purchased Babooshka for Brett and a group of owners and sadly she raced just once when a narrow second at Canterbury this time last year,” said Ontrack principal Grant Morgan.
“Sadly she broke down before her next start and we lost her. It was a heartbreaking time for Leon, Melissa, Brett and all the owners.
“Babooshka was an immensely talented filly who I have no doubt would of gone onto be a very good racehorse.
“Matryoshka is a different type but like Babooshka is by I Am Invincible. We haven’t missed with one of his progeny yet, so we are hoping Matryoshka can add to that record,” said Morgan.