Imperatriz to lineup in Group 1 Newmarket Handicap

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have locked in the next assignment for their star sprinter , with the nine-time Group One winner looking to add to her elite-level in the Group 1 (1200m) at next Saturday.

The daughter of I Am Invincible was victorious first-up in the Group 1 (1000m) at the Melbourne track last month, putting to bed any doubts following a lacklustre trial.

Te Akau Racing was considering heading to Sydney to tackle the Group 1 Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on the same day but have opted to stay close to their Cranbourne base.

“Careful consideration was given to both Sydney and Melbourne options for that date and a number of factors (pros and cons) determined the decision by the team of David (Ellis, Te Akau principal), Mark (Walker, trainer), Karyn (Fenton-Ellis, Te Akau Racing director & Ben (Gleeson, assistant trainer),” Te Akau Racing posted on X.

“With her main end targets remaining the William Reid (Group 1, 1200m) at The Valley & (Group 1, 1200m) at , we believe this is in the mare's best interests.”

Imperatriz had a hit-out at on Friday morning, pleasing her connections.

“She enjoyed her track gallop at The Valley this morning, her work was excellent,” they said.

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