SA Raider Itz Invincible Hopes Not to be Vinced in Kensington Stakes
A South Australian sprinter named Itz Invincible and trained by Murray Bridge based trainer Matthew Seyers intend to try its luck on the Flemington straight Saturday coming the Listed Kensington Stakes.
The five-year-old bay gelding by I Am Invincible from Grand Canal is a decent enough galloper, having won six times and placed eight from 14 starts, but this is his first major outing, if running a Listed race could be considered major. At any rate, this is his first venture to Flemington, which has to count for something, although it is doubtful that Itz Invincible much cares.
Meyers is keen to learn what the horse can do in Melbourne before formulating his plan for Itz Invincible.
“There’s just nothing here (in South Australia) for him at the minute,” Seyer’s said.“We thought we’d throw a nom(trainer jargon for nomination) in there and it would be a good gauge to see where he’s at with a few of the better sort of sprinters.He’s probably one of the better ones over here but we are stepping into the stronger ones. There are probably three or four that read a little bit stronger than him.
“We just thought we’d have a throw at the stumps (trainer jargon using a cricket analogy) and get a good guide to where he sits with those for future plans with him and what sort of race we can target.”
The Kensington Stakes (1000 m) has attracted a good field for the 2018 edition. Old campaigner Flamberge is in the field, quoted at $7 by Neds. The favourite is Amber Sky at $4.50. Several others in the eight-horse field also carry lower prices than Itz Invincible ($9) and only Rock ‘N’ Gold ($17) is priced higher.
Being a sprint, weights do not play as important a role, but Itz Invincible has gotten into the field at 54 kg, which equates to a 5.5 kg edge over the favourite.
The field for the Kensington Stakes seems to be a case of trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra emptying out their barn, but after all, it is their home ground (writer jargon for the trainers being based at Flemington).