Instant success for Alton

Cambridge trainer Gary Alton wasted no time in getting new stable recruit She’s Invincible back to winning form.

In her first start for Alton, She’s Invincible was a convincing winner of the Nicole Sim’s 21st Birthday 1200 at Ellerslie yesterday, giving Tuhikaramea apprentice Rory Hutchings his second win of the day.

She’s Invincible has previously been trained by Hutchings’ former employer, Andrew Scott, and has shown plenty of promise with two wins and four placings from nine starts.

“She’s only been out of the money once, but she’d has trouble with her joints and feet,” said Alton. “She had a spell after her last run for Scotty, at Paeroa, and she’s been with me for a month. She’s obviously happy in a smaller stable because she’s thrived.”

Alton was expecting a bold performance from She’s Invincible, but was surprised by the ease of her win. She scored by a length and a quarter from Lucy In Dusguise, another Cambridge runner.

“I thought it might be a week early for her,” said Alton. “We had done bugger all with her and she’s just kept improving.”

Alton and his partner, Catherine Cameron, have taken a 10 percent share in She’s Invincible, while another of their owners, Doug Dawson, has taken a remaining share left available when some of the original syndicate members pulled out.

“Doug races Worthing from our stable and he hasn’t ever seen She’s Invincible,” said Alton. “He’ll be getting a cheque even before his first bill.”

Head of the syndicate are Casey and Michelle Dando, who are co-breeders of She’s Invincible. Casey and Gary have been friends for many years.

She’s Invincible is now being aimed at the fillies and mares 1400 metres at Rotorua next month. “She seems to go best on the fresh side,” said Alton.

She’s Invincible was the fifth winner at the Ellerslie meeting for Cambridge. Boninsky, ridden by local apprentice Michael McNab, started the ball rolling, then Jimmer Time won the second race and Petergabriel
and Brela Belle followed suit.

Petergabriel was the second winner in eight days for trainer Yves Seguin, who prepared Arcenciel to win at Tauranga last weekend.