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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.

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 Horseform 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 Horseform, 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



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R3 SCONE 11 May 2019
Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes 2F , 1100m
Race Synopsis: The Anthony Cummings-trained and Gerry Harvey-raced filly Libertini could not have been any more impressive in winning here, her first stakes success and her second win in three starts. She began well and settled outside the leader (Single Blonde), easily went to the front nearing the 200m and was then given an easy time by Tommy Berry in winning clearly by two lengths. She looks a very classy filly. Kris Leestrained filly Regimental Band staged a promising effort. She settled back in eighth place, put in a good run on turning for home and finished nicely for second, her second such placing in two starts. Akari raced in fifth place, went to third at the 200m and then battled on nicely to hold that position, now having two starts for two placings. Just Field raced in third place but was caught deep and did well in holding on for (4.9 lengths) fourth. The Bjorn Baker-trained Egyptian Missile made ground from near last for (5.4 lengths) fifth on debut while Single Blonde tired for (5.7 lengths) sixth after running a bold race in the lead.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. LIBERTINI (AUS)
2yo Filly
ANTHONY CUMMINGS
TOMMY BERRY
58.0
$1.44
 
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - ALOHA (AUS)
G Harvey
2nd  
12. REGIMENTAL BAND (AUS)
2yo Filly
KRIS LEES
ANDREW GIBBONS
53.5
$41.00
 
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - LILLIBURLERO (AUS)
Cressfield (Mgr: B W Neill)
3rd  
7. AKARI (AUS)
2yo Filly
BRAD WIDDUP
SAM CLIPPERTON
54.5
$15.00
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - ASTERIX (JPN)
 Jadeskye (Mgr: D W Flower) & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: N R J Werrett)
4th  5. JUST FIELD (AUS)
2yo Filly
P & P SNOWDEN
GLYN SCHOFIELD
55.0
$6.50
5th  9. EGYPTIAN MISSILE (AUS)
2yo Filly
BJORN BAKER
JASON COLLETT
54.5
$21.00
6th  6. SINGLE BLONDE (AUS)
2yo Filly
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
55.0
$13.00
7th  11. PERSEPOLIS (AUS)
2yo Filly
JEAN DUBOIS
JEAN VAN OVERMEIRE
54.5
$67.00
8th  8. CLOUD SPIRIT (NZ)
2yo Filly
GERALD RYAN
JAMES P INNES
54.5
$41.00
9th  4. FLOTUS (AUS)
2yo Filly
R & M FREEDMAN
CHRISTIAN REITH
55.0
$41.00
10th  10. LOVE ME QUIETLY (AUS)
2yo Filly
JOHN RAMSEY
ROBERT THOMPSON
54.5
$101.00
11th  3. DEVACHAN (AUS)
2yo Filly
JAMES CUMMINGS
MS RACHEL KING
55.5
$21.00

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