Phoenix Thoroughbreds celebrated their first winner of 2022, thanks to a gutsy and rapid performance from the co-owned Invincible Jet.
Many of the plaudits for the success of the I Am Invincible gelding have to go to jockey Jordan Childs, who produced his mount to the front early and got his fractions spot on. However, as the old saying goes, “it takes two to tango, ” and he found a more than willing partner under the saddle.
Despite rearing slightly as the gates opened, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trainee soon found himself cutting through the field to the front of affairs. The sectional times reflected a fast pace as the winner dictated while opening up a gap to his nearest pursuer with the rest of the field another five or so lengths further back. Things got serious on the crest of the bend and entering the straight, and it was clear we were in for an exciting finish as Invincible Jet was joined by rival Deep Dive. It looked almost certain that the eventual second would pass, but the victor dug deep to record a success that clocked less than a second outside the track record.
“The plan was always to be positive,” said Childs in his post-race interview with Racing.com. “He just bungled the start a little bit and went up in the air, but he was quickly into his stride and I think the main thing was to get him in a rhythm and get his breathing right. Even though I led solidly, he always felt comfortable undeath me. We were able to put on the pressure before the corner and he toughed it out well.”