Invincible Winner Impressive
Tara Madgwick - Saturday January 5
A brilliant Randwick victory on Saturday for promising I Am Invincible three year-old Ljungberg will not entice connections to chase the lure of the rich Magic Millions 3YO Guineas despite the withdrawal of the favourite for that race in Native Soldier due to injury.
LjungbergPrepared by Ron Quinton, Ljungberg (image Steve Hart) broke his maiden last start at Canterbury on December 14 at his first run since being gelded and took another big step forward when bolting clear to win this Benchmark 72 event over 1300 metres by nearly four lengths.

"I didn't think he would do that today, but he won't be going (to the Magic Millions). We've got a nice horse and we want to look after him," Quinton said.

"A good mate of mine old Dave Lamond once said you can run out of the horse before you run out of the race."

A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase from Pedrille Thoroughbreds from the Yarraman Park draft, Ljunberg runs for an ownership group that includes Ray Gall, who also raced his sire I am Invincible. He has won two of five starts earning over $127,000 and looks ready to blossom having been given time to mature.

"He could always gallop but his first couple of times in he just wasn't quite there," Quinton said.

"It's taken a lot of time to teach him to relax because he can jump out and lead if he wants to. He can easily run 33 (seconds) for the first 600m.

"But he's relaxing beautifully now and is finishing off really strongly as you can see."

Bred by Yarraman Park in partnership, Ljungberg is the first winner for Group III winning Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) mare Octavia, whose current yearling, a filly by Written Tycoon will be offered by Yarraman at Magic Millions next week as Lot 871. (picture below) 

Octavia produced another colt by I Am invincible last year and was covered by him again.

I Am Invincible in upcoming sales:
2019 Membership (Bm72) 1300m
Randwick-Kensington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:15.86
T: R J Quinton J: J Bowman 56
3g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Octavia (AUS) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Pedrille Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Above And Beyond
T: G Portelli J: J R Collett 56.5
3g Sebring (AUS) x Miss Rendina (AUS) (Elvstroem (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: Portelli Racing
T: C J Waller J: J B McDonald 57
3g Jakkalberry (IRE) x Lioness (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Novara Park
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock
T: James Cummings J: A Hyeronimus 54.5
3g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Neroli (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
Sure Knee
T: C J Waller J: G Schofield 55
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Shawnee Girl (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
A Million Dreams
T: G Portelli J: S R Weatherley 54.5
3g Showcasing (GB) x Urban Angel (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: Whitby Bloodstock
T: Brad Widdup J: C W Brown 57
3c Sizzling (AUS) x Midnight Dancer (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Rachel King 52
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Pas De Deux (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Kia-Ora Stud Scone NSW
B: Dynamic Syndications/Gai Waterhouse
Silent Explorer
T: David Payne J: B Avdulla 56.5
3g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Uneasy Silence (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Payne Racing