I Am Invincible can top sire table in Australia

I Am Invincible: stands at Yarraman Park Stud in Australia PICTURE: Yarraman Park Stud I Am Invincible can top sire table in Australia By Nancy Sexton 11:32AM 19 JAN 2017

YARRAMAN PARK STUD's recent advertising campaign for I Am Invincible practically wrote itself as Australia geared itself up for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the first major yearling auction of the season.

For several days, their advertising revolved around a single slogan, ‘31 winners in 30 days' – a pretty powerful line that alluded to a remarkably productive November.

Having said that, it's what the industry in Australia has come to expect from I Am Invincible, who has churned out winners, many high-profile, with great regularity since his first crop hit the track during the 2013-14 season.

They include two Group 1 winners in Brazen Beau, now a shuttler to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, and I Am A Star, and perhaps they will be joined in due course by the exciting juvenile Houtzen, who maintained her unbeaten record in Saturday's Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

All were bred during their sire's years at A$11,000 (£6,707/€7,757), which rose to A$27,500 (£16,769/€19,395) in 2014 the season after he was crowned Australia's leading first-crop sire.

That crop are currently yearlings, and waiting in the pipeline are a group of foals sired at A$55,000 (£33,540/€38,780), the same figure he commanded during the past southern hemisphere season.

I Am Invincible's opening fee was reflective of a solid race record that lacked a Group 1 win. He was from the first southern hemisphere crop of Invincible Spirit, who shuttled for four years to Chatswood Stud in Victoria, and proved a useful early Australian representative, running Group 3-placed in two starts at two for Toby Edmonds before switching to Peter Morgan, for whom he won the Group 3 McKay Stakes over 5½ furlongs as a four-year-old.

That season was by far his most productive of four years of racing and also included a runner-up effort to Takeover Target in the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap.

Breeders obviously liked what they saw from I Am Invincible's early foals as his crop size grew year on year during those first few seasons. And those who took a chance were on the money.

His first stakes winner arrived in December 2013 when Bassillique, fittingly bred by Yarraman Park Stud and trained by Toby Edmonds, landed the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben. By the end of that first season, five of those 89 first-crop foals had won stakes races, among them Brazen Beau, who had struck in the Group 2 Bollinger Champagne Classic and run second in the Group 1 J J Atkins Stakes.

I Am Invincible ended the 2013-14 season as the dominant leading first-crop sire over the likes of Manhattan Rain and Medaglia D'Oro, both of whom had stood for in excess of A$45,000 (£27,346/€31,721). He went on to finish second on the following season's Australian second-crop sires' list to Medaglia D'Oro, sire of that year's Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, before returning to the head of his generation as Australia's leading third-crop sire of 2015-16.

With four crops of racing age on the ground, he boasts 17 stakes winners and another 14 stakes horses. As is typical of the Green Desert/Invincible Spirit sire line, the majority of his progeny are fast – 124 of his runners have scored over five/six furlongs compared to 19 over seven furlongs and beyond – and plenty come to hand early.

Brazen Beau, who went on to capture the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and run second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at three, remains his best performer.

However, another Group 1 winner came his way in October when the aptly named I Am A Star won the Group 1 Myer Classic Stakes at Flemington. Crucially in light of the importance of the export market in Australia, he has also made a bright start in Hong Kong, where he is the sire of six winners from ten runners, and Singapore, where champion two-year-old Super One is the highlight of ten winners.

As effective as Yarraman's advertising may have been in the run up to Christmas, they had far stronger angles to market once the Magic Millions festival on the Gold Coast was done and dusted.

On the track, there was the victory of Houtzen, another trained by Toby Edmonds, in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic to celebrate.

The impressive winner of her preceding two starts at Doomben and the Gold Coast, she made light of her outside draw to control the pace before holding off the late run of Chauffeur. In the process, she added A$1.2 million (£731,447/€845,893) to I Am Invincible's seasonal earnings; between them, his runners have earned over A$6.5 million (£3,962,009/€4,581,667) this season, enough to topple Winx's sire Street Cry at the head of the Australian champion sires' table, for the time being at least.

I Am Invincible's surge through the stallion ranks has understandably been warmly received in the sale ring, especially given his ability to throw fast, precocious performers. Those that took a chance when he stood for A$27,500 in 2014 were amply rewarded at Book One of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale last week when his yearlings averaged a whopping A$318,215 (£193,988/€224,237). No fewer than eight of the 39 on offer realised A$500,000 (£304,893/€352,470) or more, led by a half-brother to Group 1 winner Sizzling from Milburn Creek that made A$900,000 (£548,738/€634,446) to McEvoy Mitchell Racing.

Three colts were also knocked down to Shadwell Australia, Jadeskye Racing/BK Racing/Gerald Ryan and Vinery for A$600,000 (£365,825/€422,949) apiece while I Am Invincible also later accounted for the top two lots at Book Two of the Gold Coast Sale.

Were I Am Invincible ever to shuttle to Europe, he has many of the credentials to be popular. But European breeders already have access to Brazen Beau, who is standing his second season in Newmarket for £10,000.

One of two sons at stud in Australia by their sire alongside Super One, who stands for A$11,000 at Newgate Farm, Brazen Beau is out of Sansadee, a Group 3-placed daughter of the Danzig stallion Snaadee. He is thus inbred to Danzig, a pattern which can also be found in the backgrounds belonging to five other stakes winners by I Am Invincible.

Brazen Beau is also inbred 3×4 to champion Australian sire Bletchingly, whose sire Biscay also features twice in the backgrounds of his Group 2 winner The Justice League and Group 3 winners Invincible Star and Voodoo Lad as well as Houtzen.

Another successful autumn campaign by Winx will most likely hand her sire Street Cry a second consecutive Australian sires' championship. But it wouldn't be too fanciful to think that a first championship will come the way of I Am Invincible sooner rather than later.

Regardless, he has already done much to establish the health of the Invincible Spirit sire line in Australia.

I AM INVINCIBLE PROFILE

2004 Invincible Spirit – Cannarelle (Canny Lad)Stands: Yarraman Park Stud fee: A$55,000

Stakes winners during 2016-17 season so far:

I Am A Star (13 f ex Star Band by Dixieland Band) won VRC Myer Classic – Gr.1

Illustrious Lad (11 g ex Industrious by Zeditave) won VRC Tab.com.au Stakes – Gr.2

Invincible Star (14 f ex Romany Flyer by Catbird) won VRC Ottawa Stakes – Gr.3

Most Important (12 g ex Orange Marmalade by Stravinsky) won BRC George Moore Stakes – Gr.3, BRC Lough Neagh Stakes – Listed

Voodoo Lad (11 g ex O'Fortuna by Gilded Time) won Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes – Gr.3, Fruit Supply Stakes – Listed, Regal Roller Stakes – Listed

Eckstein (13 f ex Comrie by Choisir) won BRC Mode Stakes – Listed

Houtzen (14 f ex Set To Unleash by Reset) won Magic Millions 2yo Classic – Listed (restricted)

Magic result for Reset

The outcome of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday wasn’t all about the winning sire I Am Invincible. Reset’s burgeoning reputation as a broodmare sire also took a step forward with the Darley veteran featuring as the damsire of the winner Houtzen (out of Set To Unleash) as well as the third home, Madeenaty (by Exceed And Excel out of Set For Fame). Reset, a son of leading broodmare sire Zabeel who once shuttled to Newmarket, stood the past season for Darley at A$16,500.

Brothers in arms

It was an interesting decision by Kentucky breeder John Liviakis to send his Awesome Again mare Starstream to Macho Uno back in 2011. Awesome Again and Macho Uno are half-brothers, meaning that their dam Primal Force would feature 2×3. It was a move that bore fruit, however, since the resulting foal was Tommy Macho, who took his earnings past the $500,000 mark on Saturday with victory in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Unsurprisingly, Tommy Macho is one of two only foals bred on the cross.

Nothing foggy about Tapit affinity

Fresh from breaking his own single season North American earnings record, Tapit headed into the second week of January with two stakes winners of 2017 to his credit in runaway Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes winner Unique Bella and Ginger Brew Stakes winner Bellavais. Incidentally, both are inbred to Tapit’s fourth dam Foggy Note, as is Tapped, a homebred for LNJ Foxwoods who ran fourth in last year’s Grade 1 Starlet Stakes and returned as the impressive winner of an allowance at Santa Anita on Saturday. Foggy Note, a 1965-foaled daughter of The Axe, is best known as the dam of influential sire Relaunch.

Proven cross rules Chukyo Grade 3

The Shadai Stallion Station’s King Kamehameha has long acted as a valuable outlet for the Sunday Silence line, which is so conspicuous in Japan. In all, 27 of 56 stakes winners by the son of Kingmambo are out of Sunday Silence-line mares, including Maximum De Paris, who led home a one-two for the cross when defeating Saint Sauveur in Saturday’s Grade 3 Aichi Hai at Chukyo.

Bargain buy

Tobefair, who made it six out of six for Debra Hamer in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Warwick on Saturday, is another feather in the cap for his dam Nan following the achievements of his half-brother Sweeney Tunes (by Kayf Tara), who won the 2013 Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase at Naas. The pair were bred by Mickley Stud – the former home of Tobefair’s sire Central Park – out of Nan, a daughter of Buckley bought for just 2,000gns by Helshaw Grange Stud at Doncaster in 2001.

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