I Am Invincible Rises To The Top

Danehill, Snitzel…..and now I Am Invincible – they can share the plaudits as three champion stallions who have set special benchmarks for the Australian racing and breeding industry.

Libertini gives I Am Invincible the record
Libertini gives I Am Invincible the record Picture: Steve Hart

When the Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini won the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Scone on May 11 her sire I Am Invincible joined Danehill and Snitzel in a special history-making club.

Libertini was not only the Yarraman Park stallion’s 46th individual stakes winner but also provided him with his 27th stakes winner this season – a new Australian record.

The previous record of 26 stakes winners in a season was set by the late Danehill and later equalled twice by Snitzel in recent seasons.

I Am Invincible, a stallion who has risen from the shallow end of the sire pond to be a dominant leader, now holds that special place in Australian thoroughbred history and more than justifies his new status as the country’s most expensive stallion at stud.

Off the back of I Am Invincible’s incredible season his fee for 2019 has been increased to $247,500 (inc GST), a sum only surpassed in past years by the likes of Redoute’s Choice and Fastnet Rock.

“Danehill got to 26 once and Snitzel has done it twice, so to surpass it is very satisfying indeed,” said Yarraman Park’s Arthur Mitchell.

“Danehill was a complete breed changer and obviously Snitzel is another one too, so for I Am Invincible to actually beat them is a pretty good effort.”

“We weren’t expecting him to break this record this year, but he started off pretty hot so we knew he would have a good year. He just keeps going from strength to strength.”

I Am Invincible, a son of Invincible Spirit, had a varied and successful racing career under three trainers.

Bred and raced by the Gall family, he was trained by Toby Edmonds when he won his first race at Warwick Farm and then went to John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes before ending his career with Victorian trainer Peter Morgan.

He retired with G3 and Listed wins plus a G1 placings in the Goodwood Handicap among his record of five wins from 13 starts.

Yarraman Park secured him as a 5YO and have stood him in partnbership with Ray Gall and his family.

I Am invincible, a rising 15-year-old, has sired seven individual G1 winners and now has his own sons at stud including Brazen Beau and Hellbent.

His G1 winners include Brazen Beau, Viddora, Media Sensation, Oohood and Hellbent among his career tally of 391 winners in more than a dozen countries.

In his first season at stud in 2010 I Am Invincible covered 133 mares on a fee of $11,000 (inc GST).

In 2018 he covered 223 mares on a fee of $192,500 (inc GST).

“The crops he’s got on the track at the moment are from very humble stud fees,” Mitchell said.

“He has come a long way in a relatively short space of time.”

“Not all the mares he covered were stars, so it is quite an achievement.”


Racing and Sports



Scone

Saturday, 11th May 2019

3
13:25
(local)

Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes (LR)

Age: 2yo Sex: F WT: 53.5kg Type: OPEN
AUD $141,200
1100m TURF GOOD
3
13:25
(local)
AUD $141,200
1100m GOOD

Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes (LR)

Age: 2yo Sex: F WT: 53.5kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. LIBERTINI (AUS) 2yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - ALOHA (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
ANTHONY CUMMINGS
$1.44
58.0kg
G Harvey & Strawberry Hill Stud (Mgr: J D Singleton)
2nd 12. REGIMENTAL BAND (AUS) 2yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - LILLIBURLERO (AUS)
ANDREW GIBBONS
KRIS LEES
$41.00
53.5kg
Cressfield (Mgr: B W Neill)

Sales Information

3rd 7. AKARI (AUS) 2yo F
SNITZEL (AUS) - ASTERIX (JPN)
SAM CLIPPERTON
BRAD WIDDUP
$15.00
54.5kg
Jadeskye (Mgr: D W Flower) & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: N R J Werrett)

Sales Information

4th 5. JUST FIELD (AUS) 2yo F
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - SHOBOARD (AUS)
GLYN SCHOFIELD
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$6.50
55.0kg

Sales Information

5th 9. EGYPTIAN MISSILE (AUS) 2yo F
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - OUR EGYPTIAN RAINE (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
BJORN BAKER
$21.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

6th 6. SINGLE BLONDE (AUS) 2yo F
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - REGROWTH (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$13.00
55.0kg
7th 11. PERSEPOLIS (AUS) 2yo F
SIYOUNI (FR) - PREVALENT (USA)
JEAN VAN OVERMEIRE
JEAN DUBOIS
$67.00
54.5kg
8th 8. CLOUD SPIRIT (NZ) 2yo F
WANDJINA (AUS) - MAY RAIN (AUS)
JAMES P INNES
GERALD RYAN
$41.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

9th 4. FLOTUS (AUS) 2yo F
MORE THAN READY (USA) - THE HAMPTONS (AUS)
CHRISTIAN REITH
R & M FREEDMAN
$41.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

10th 10. LOVE ME QUIETLY (AUS) 2yo F
TRUSTING (AUS) - QUEEN OF THE FALLS (AUS)
ROBERT THOMPSON
JOHN RAMSEY
$101.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

11th 3. DEVACHAN (AUS) 2yo F
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - HEAVEN (AUS)
MS RACHEL KING
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
55.5kg
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