Imoto bridged the gap between an Echuca maiden and the $100,000 Rivette Final at Flemington with ridiculous ease on Saturday.
The Mick Prince trained filly rounded up her rivals and then maintained a strong gallop to the line at headquarters. She scored by more than three lengths at the end of 1600m despite being eased down by Damien Oliver.
Imoto (3f Bianconi – Fuji Fairy by Fuji Kiseki) defeated the Peter Moody trained stablemates Aliberani (Redoute’s Choice) and Dayita (Show A Heart). “We were confident but didn’t expect it to be that easy,” stable foreman Mick Nolan admitted. “We’ve always had an opinion of this filly and they’re usually ready for the next level when they win like that.”
Imoto had won her maiden by seven lengths but Oliver wasn’t sure of the beaten division at Echuca. “She was impressive up there and she backed it up beautifully,” Oliver said at Flemington. “She got into a lovely rhythm and really kicked off the corner.”
Price part-owns Imoto with breeder Pip Cooper. She is a younger half-sister to Yosei (Invincible Spirit) who has garnered G1 victories in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, MRC 1000 Guineas and Qld Tattersall’s Tiara.
Her sire Bianconi (Danzig) will stand for a $6,600 early-bird fee at Swettenham Stud this year.
Bianconi filly wins her maiden at Echuca