Opie Heads to The Valley

Date: 25 Sep 2023

Opie Heads to The Valley


Racing.com reports:


Te Akau Racing announced on Sunday that stable rider Opie Bosson will take the ride on Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) in the Gr.1 Moir Stakes at The Valley on Friday night.

Trainer Mark Walker has also confirmed that a planned Monday morning gallop with stablemate Zourion has been put back to Tuesday so he can see her work.

Cambridge Stud owned filly Zourion (NZ) (Zoustar) will have her first Australian outing in the gallop, after two runs for as many wins at home – including a Stakes win at Matamata at her most recent run in February.

Zourion showed she was certainly ready for her Australian campaign when a soft winner of a Listed trial over 1100 metres at Taupo on September 15.

The unbeaten filly will also run at the Moir Stakes meeting on Friday night, where Imperatriz is the hot favourite to take the feature.

Zourion will run first-up in the Gr.3 Scarborough Stakes (1200m) on her way potentially to a Gr.1 Thousand Guineas start on November 18.

As for Imperatriz, Walker said he cannot wait to see her.

“Everything’s going along really well with her. We’re very pleased,” he said.


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