BRAZIL: Invictus claims deserved success in Sao Paulo’s Arc

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By Michael Burns
Racing Post

Cidade Jardim (Sao Paulo): Grande Premio Sao Paulo –

INVICTUS (Venancio Nahid/Jose Aparecido) delivered a sensational performance when winning the Grande Premio Sao Paulo, the highlight of Sao Paulo Jockey Club’s most important meeting of the year, on Sunday.

Superbly handled by Aparecido, the son of Sulamani overhauled Sao Paulo Derby winner Veraneio deep in the stretch to prevail by ahead.

The breakthrough victory was a much-deserved first Group 1 success for the consistent Brazilian Classic performer, who had previously finished a close third in two-thirds of the Rio’de Janeiro Triple Crown.

Champion trainer Venancio Nahid, who was winning his fourth Grande Premio Sao Paulo in the last five years, said: “Invictus is a very honest horse. We rushed his training up a bit for the Rio Classics and he still ran great finishing third both times.

“Having nearly 35 days to prepare for this event was a big factor and the colt deserved a victory of this magnitude.”

Sunday’s career-best victory represented Invictus’s second win in nine starts.

A crack at a major international event is under consideration as the next possible target for Invictus.

“We will discuss with the owner Alex Arcangeli and trainer Venancio Nahid a possible shot at the GP von Baden in early September at Baden Baden,” said Eduardo Guimaraes of Belair Stud, racing and breeding manager for Beverly Hills Stud.

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