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Millionaire's row at Canterbury Park on Wednesday

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Written by Jessica Owers

Two-year-old filly Billiondollarbaby (I Am Invincible) is the second foal from dual Group 1-winning mare and $2 million Inglis Chairman’s graduate Srikandi (Dubawi {Ire}), and she debuted in good fettle on Wednesday afternoon at Canterbury Park, a week after her half-sister Heroess (Snitzel) won her maiden.

Ridden by the experienced Kerrin McEvoy for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, the filly jumped from barrier three and led all the way in the 1200 metre Pinatubo New To Darley Mdn, out-sticking a late challenge by Port Louis (Maurice {Jpn}) to win impressively by 1l.

“It was a good effort,” said Peter Snowden after the race. “She’s definitely got some talent, but she’s just a ball of energy. She was terrific until she got here, and then out the back she was quite a handful. I was a bit worried that she’d over-race, to be honest. But Kerrin (McEvoy, jockey) rated her very well and gave her a great experience. She’ll bounce out of this and improve really well.”

Many of those trackside gave a nod to the filly’s pedigree, with Srikandi known for being a handful during her 15-start career. From early 2014 to late 2015, the mare blazed through six stakes victories, including the G1 Stradbroke H. and G1 Queensland Tattersall’s Tiara, accruing $2.37 million in prizemoney.

“I remember Srikandi pretty well actually,” Snowden said. “She had a fair bit of, we’ll call it ‘fire’. This filly is pretty similar. She’s quiet, but she’s got that determination, and that will take her a long way on the track.”

Little squirt of a thing

Kerrin McEvoy jumped off bemused by Billiondollarbaby.

“She’s a little squirt of a thing,” he said. “She’s well-put together, and she handled that ground nicely. I rode the mare a bit, and she’s a lot like her mum actually, so it was pleasing to see her do that.”

“She’s (Billiondollarbaby) a little squirt of a thing. She’s well-put together, and she handled that ground nicely. I rode the mare a bit, and she’s a lot like her mum (Srikandi) actually, so it was pleasing to see her do that.” - Kerrin McEvoy

McEvoy said the filly had trialled well this side of Christmas, with two wins on both Good and Heavy ground for McEvoy through March.

“She’d been doing nicely at the trials,” he said. “Peter and Paul said for this, her first time out, just to get her into a nice rhythm, which I was able to do, and that made the difference once I got in to the business end of the race.”

Millionaire’s row

Billiondollarbaby was second-choice in the betting for Wednesday’s race behind the fancied Port Louis, and both youngsters justified the money, with gelding Leen Fox (Foxwedge) 4.3l in arrears for third.

However, from a bloodstock perspective, Billiondollarbaby was the choice favourite.

The filly was first sold by Kitchwin Hills at the 2019 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, going to Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $600,000. He was buying on behalf of Greg and Barb Ingham’s GPI Racing, and the filly proved the then most expensive Inglis weanling sold in a decade.

The following year, Billiondollarbaby was back at Inglis, albeit in a virtual format, for the online 2020 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She sold for $1 million, again to Andrew Williams Bloodstock, one of only seven million-dollar lots at that Sale, with GPI Racing staying in the ownership.

Billiondollarbaby as a yearling

Additionally, Srikandi herself was sold for $2 million to Tom Magnier at the 2019 Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

Srikandi’s current yearling, a filly by American Pharoah (USA), was withdrawn from Riverside this week. The mare has a weanling colt by Justify (USA) on the ground, and was served by the Triple Crown-winning Coolmore sire again last season.