Jedastar (Image: Racing Photos)
Lloyd Kennewell reckoned he’d got a bargain when he secured an I Am Invincible filly at the Gold Coast last January and almost exactly a year down the track, his opinion was confirmed when she made the perfect racetrack debut at Flemington on Tuesday.
Kennewell purchased the filly, to be named Jedastar, for $250,000 and while that represents a healthy price tag in any thoroughbred market, it paled against what the majority of the other 36 sons and daughters of I Am Invincible were fetching.
I Am Invincible’s progeny grossed $17.7 million at the Gold Coast Magic Million sales in January with his 37 lots selling at a whopping average of $478,649 with a top price of $2 million.
Jedastar, who was backed from $17 to start at $13 for jockey Joe Bowditch on Tuesday, showed all the traits of her sire when she jumped to the lead and crossed the field from her wide barrier.
She then sprinted clear inside the final 200 metres to win by two and a quarter lengths over the Deep Impact filly Enood ($9.50) with a length and a quarter to the well backed For Love ($18-$10) in third place.
Kennewell, who trains the Group 1 winning daughter of I Am Invincible in Viddora, said he felt Jedastar would measure up to the elite youngsters in Melbourne this autumn so was happy to bypass the Magic Millions race day on January 12.
"I don’t think she is ready for it (Magic Millions Classic)," he said.
"Mentally, I think she is going to be a better filly around the bend at 1000 metres. She’s a jump and run filly.
"She’ll have a little freshen up and we’ll get her ready for the Blue Diamond Prelude at her next run on the 26th of January," Kennewell said.
The trainer said he made sure he went home with the filly, who was the last of the I Am Invincibles to be offered for sale.
"I was under-bidder on Houtzen on the last day at $105,000 on the way to the airport on the phone and I missed her, but I wasn’t going to miss her,’’ he said of Jedastar.
"She was a real precocious filly and I wanted her. I know the breed quite well and she fit my criteria and I loved her and wanted to go home with her."
The effort of the runner-up Enood was worthy of note as the daughter of Deep Impact, who was a $1 million yearling purchase, made up many lengths from the tail of the field.
The story of I Am Invincible’s rise through the stallion ranks for Yarraman Park Stud is extraordinary.
The son of Invincible Spirit began his stallion duties in 2010 with a service fee of $11,000.
That fee had risen to $110,000 by 2017 and in the spring of 2018, I Am invincible served 206 mares at a fee of $192,500.
WATCH: Jedastar make a winning debut at Flemington