Unflinching, ridden by Damien Thornton (Image: Racing Photos)
I Am Invincible colt Unflinching signaled he is ready to run for higher honours this autumn after maintaining his unbeaten record with a dominant win to begin Saturday’s meeting at The Valley.
In-form rider Damien Thornton said he felt the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained colt was destined for better races after he again controlled the 1000-metre race from the front before sprinting clear for an easy victory in the three-year-old benchmark 70.
"At the moment there’s no ceiling on where he can get to," Thornton said.
"He’s definitely improved. The break has done him the world of good.
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"He was more relaxed today. Previously he’d wanted to do a bit too much but today he was well within himself, relaxed and showed a good turn of foot which will help him going forward in better races.
"He’s obviously done well - three from three and from a maiden to midweek and now Saturday and win impressively each time."
Despite being unbeaten, Unflinching went around as the second favourite in the race ($2.45) following a flood of money for runner-up Ducky Of Savoy ($2 favourite), who was beaten two and three quarter lengths with The Superintendent ($17) a length and a quarter away third.
Unflinching was purchased as a yearling on the Gold Coast for $280,000 by the Freedman stable on behalf of clients. He began his career at Mornington in October with an all-the-way win over 1000 metres before repeating the dose over the same trip at The Valley in November.