Collett, Waller and Invincibella win Tiara

Sydney’s Jason Collett won his first Australian Group 1 race when winning the $500,000, Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) with the Chris Waller trained Invincibella at Eagle Farm on Saturday, also taking Waller’s Group 1 tally for the season to a record 18 wins.

The finish was a tight affair with Invincibella (I Am Invincible) having to fight off determined challenges from the Godolphin stable’s Pohutukawa (Medaglio d’Oro) and Blake Shinn and Savatiano (Street Cry) and Tommy Berry.

"We have been all around the mark and unable to crack one but it is a good way to end,” said Paul Shailer, Gold Coast foreman for the Waller stable

"It goes down to how much of a hard worker he (Waller) is and the dedication and time and effort he puts into his horses.

"No stone is left unturned and there's no one more deserving."

Shailer said Invincibella's Group One success was well deserved in the twilight of her racing career.

"It has eluded her for a long time but I think today she bounced off the back of her last run which was very good and gee she was tough today so there was no more horse deserving than her,” he said.

“I was starting to think I was cursed, I saw the Cummings horse (Pohutukawa) loom up late and thought I was going to finish second again, but twelfth time was the charm,” said Collett who saluted the win after the line.

“She is such a tough mare and to do it for Chris who has always supported me it is a dream.”
The margins were a nose and a long neck. The time was 1.22.12 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.82. 

Invincibella paid $10.00 on fixed odds and $9.70 on the tote. Savatiano was the $4.40 favourite.

It was the 11th win for Invincibella, out of the Galileo mare Abscond, and with 12 placings from the five-year-old mare’s 38 starts she has earned the Star Thoroughbreds syndicate stakes of $1,463,303. She came into the Tiara off a win in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm on June 8th.

Jason Collett, picture