Imperatriz 5L Impressive - 4 Win Saturday

Date: 26 Feb 2022

Imperatriz 5L Impressive - 4 Win Saturday


Class act Imperatriz (3 f I Am Invincible - Berimbau, by Shamardal) provided Michael McNab with an armchair ride in the $40,000 Lisa Chittick Plate (1400m) on Saturday at Matamata, and collected a $20,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Bonus in the process.

After lowering the colours of some smart horses as a two-year-old, the triple stakes' winner, with five from eight in total, was simply too swift.

“I haven't ridden a horse like that before,” said McNab, on returning. “That was just a gallop and I didn't even have to push her. Wow that was impressive.”

In small but select field, Imperatriz straightened with an advantage and went into overdrive, clearing out with McNab gazing around in search of challengers.

While it appeared leisurely, clocking 1:21.7 for 1400 metres, last 600m in 34.1, suggests slick work.

“That was another impressive win by Imperatriz and I thought she did that really well,” said trainer Jamie Richards, who presented the filly in gleaming condition.

“We were happy to roll the dice in a race that didn't look like it had a lot of speed, and Showoroses (Showcasing) was late scratched.

“She was able to take up a prominent position and lead, kicked off the corner and really dominated the race to win with a fair bit in hand.

“It was an awesome win and it's going to set her up nicely for the Levin Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m) in three weeks at Trentham.”

Imperatriz won two from two, including Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m), during her juvenile season. She resumed beating stable-mate I Wish I Win (Savabeel) in the Northland Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) and was third in the Gold Trail Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) before winning the Soliloquy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) at Matamata. She then finished fourth to stable-mate The Perfect Pink (Savabeel) in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) - a Te Akau first four - and resumed running the fastest last 600m (33.6) on the day for second to stable-mate Sword of State (Snitzel) in the Almanzor Trophy (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Karaka Million night (22 Jan.) at Ellerslie.

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM at Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2020, from the draft of Bhima Thoroughbreds, Imperatriz, which translates in English to Empress, is owned by the Te Akau Invincible Empress Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

“She's a gifted and top-class filly, Imperatriz, and I think she'll be very competitive in Group 1 races from here on in,” Ellis said.

“It's amazing really, because she was the last filly to sell that year and I sold the last share to the Chairman of the Waikato Racing Club, John Elstob and his partner, Denise. We've got a great bunch of owners in her and right from the outset of her racing career it's been obvious how talented she is.

Imperatriz is by Champion Australian Sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), out of Group 2 placed Berimbau, while dam-sire Shamardal (Giant's Causeway) left 46 Group 1 winners worldwide before passing away in 2020.

Imperatriz was strapped by Liam Cunningham.

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