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Imperatriz targets Champions Sprint

19 July 2023 Written by VRC

Super sprinting mare Imperatriz is being aimed for the Group 1 Darley Champions Sprint (1200m) on 11 November.

She is set to arrive in Melbourne in September, along with stablemate Campionessa, in preparation for their spring campaigns.

After a successful Australian mission in the autumn of this year, finishing second to Artorius in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before claiming the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, the five-time Group 1 winning mare is thriving in New Zealand and will have a quiet trial before heading across the Tasman.

Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis was excited at the prospect of Imperatriz peaking for the $3m Darley Champions Sprint.

“She’s going to run every race in Melbourne this spring, and we’d like to think she's at her peak for the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival." Ellis said.

Te Akau Racing announced that they have secured an Australian base at the Cranbourne Training Centre which will be headed up by Ben Gleeson who spent many years with Danny O'Brien as his assistant trainer.

“We’re really excited about it, and hope to have it up and running this spring,” Ellis said.

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