Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
The late Rod Fletcher, a prominent breeder and owner for many years, always nurtured an ambition to win a WA Derby. Sadly, that never transpired.
But now one of his daughters, Joy Fletcher, is hoping to fulfill a family dream with Infinite Sign, a three-year-old gelding she bred and is a part-owner.
Infinite Sign, prepared by champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, has struck a purple patch and maintained his splendid form with a stylish all-the-way victory in the Rock N Roll World Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Infinite Sign, the $3.90 second fancy driven confidently and with considerable aggression by Dylan Egerton-Green, fended off a powerful challenge for the lead over the first 300 metres and went on to set the pace and score an effortless victory, beating the $3.20 favourite Hoppys Way by more than two lengths.
Infinite Sign began speedily from the No. 6 barrier but was beaten out by Hoppys Way from barrier seven. Hoppys Way, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, led by a length after 300m, but was unable to cross to the front.
Suvaljko then gave up the fierce challenge for the early ascendancy and was able to slot Hopps Way in behind the pacemaker. He fought on gamely, but made no impression on Infinite Sign, who dashed over the final 400m in 28.3sec. and rated 1.58.1 over the 2130m journey.
Infinite Sign managed just only placing from five starts as a two-year-old, but he has blossomed this year with his five starts as a three-year-old producing four wins and a second placing for a career record of ten starts for four wins, two placings and $29,941 in prizemoney.
Infinite Sign is by Indomitable Saab, who raced 59 times for 12 wins, 16 placings and $154,491. Indomitable Saab’s full-sister Indomitable won the group 3 Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra in April 2015 and was retired after racing 81 times for 13 wins, 18 placings and stakes of $133,759.
Infinite Sign’s full-brother Infinite Symbol has raced 81 times for 19 wins, 25 placings and stakes of $223,758. His wins included two at group 3 level, in the winter of 2019, the Lombardo final and the Schrader final.
Never Waver Lombo, Infinite Sign’s dam, was a good performer who earned $109,662 from eleven wins and 22 placings from 79 starts. She was driven by Egerton-Green once in her career, when she finished tenth behind Greyhawk at Gloucester Park on April 27, 2012.