I Am Invincible

published: 10 Nov 2014 in Pedigree analysis

GIVEN that, for all his merits in Europe, Invincible Spirit (IRE) (Green Desert-Rafha by Kris) was rather a disappointment in Australia, it came as a pleasant surprise to see his son, I Am Invincible (ex Cannarelle by Canny Lad) gallop away with the Champion Freshman Sire crown last season.

GIVEN that, for all his merits in Europe, Invincible Spirit (IRE) (Green Desert-Rafha by Kris) was rather a disappointment in Australia, it came as a pleasant surprise to see his son, I Am Invincible (ex Cannarelle by Canny Lad) gallop away with the Champion Freshman Sire crown last season. A minor winner in three starts at two, I Am Invincible started just once at three, but took the D.C. McKay Stakes-Gr.3 (1100m) and Sir John Monash Stakes-LR (1100m) at four. I Am Invincible had 15 winners from 45 starters in 2013-14, three stakes winners, a total that has now risen to five. His best so far is the Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Brazen Beau. His dam is by Snaadee (by Danzig) out of a Bletchingly mare, so bred on the same Danzig/Bletchingly cross as I Am Invincible (who is out of a mare by Canny Lad). This is something we’ve come to call a “Parallel Pattern” and often seems to be an influence for upgrading in a pedigree.

Similarly, I Am Invincible’s stakes placed son Bassillique has a dam who is by Langfuhr out of a Marscay mare, so a Danzig/Biscay cross, again parallel to I Am Invincible. The Leading Freshman’s other Group scorer Vinnie Eagle, is out of a mare by Danehill Dancer, and has a rather remarkable pedigree, as Invincible Spirit and Danehill Dancer are both Danzig/Sharpen Up crosses, while the dam of Vinnie Eagle is by Royal Academy out of a mare by Sharpen Up’s son, Kris, so is a Northern Dancer/Kris cross, like Invincible Spirit. I Am Invincible’s other two stakes winners Fuld’s Bet and Leeds are out of mares by O’Reilly and Peintre Celebre, and both carry versions of the Northern Dancer/Sir Ivor cross that produced I Am Invincible’s grandsire Green Desert.

On the subject of Northern Dancer and Sir Ivor, the runner-up in the freshman race was Denman (Lonhro- Peach by Vain), who is a great-grandson of a Sir Ivor/Northern Dancer cross horse in Zabeel. Second only to Pierro among the sons of Lonhro, Denman won six black type events, four Group, including the Golden Rose-Gr.1. He now has four stakes winners to his name, and his best appear to be taking after their sire, being in a sprinting mould. His leading earner, dual black type winner Kuro, is something of an outcross, being from a daughter of the Blushing Groom line sire Orientate. His black type winner Law is out of a Chilean-bred daughter of Sir Cat (by Storm Cat).

Denman’s stakes winner Pinch River has a more familiar pedigree, as he’s out of a mare by the Danehill horse Catbird and his second dam Trist A Girl, a daughter of Sir Tristram, is a three-quarter sister to Denman’s male line ancestor Zabeel. He also has black type scorer Shigeru Sendan out of a mare by Encosta de Lago.

Third was the BTC Cup-Gr.1 winner Duporth, one of a squadron of Red Ransom sons in this crop year, the others including fifth placed All American, ninth placed Red Element, and in 14th placed Onemorenomore. Duporth (ex Staging by Success Express (USA)) doesn’t yet have a stakes winner to his name, but does have the twice Gr.1 placed Cornrow, out of a mare by Exceed and Excel, with a second dam by Scenic. He also has stakes placed horses out of mares by Flying Spur and Last Tycoon.

All American (ex Milva (USA) by Strawberry Road), winner of the Emirates Stakes-Gr.1, has the Groupwinning Bachman in his first crop. That one is out of a mare by Nothin’ Leica Dane, and he also has a stakes placed horse out of a mare by Nothin’ Leica Dane’s sire Danehill (USA), and another from a Saint Ballado mare.

Red Element (ex Tracy’s Element by Last Tycoon (IRE)) has 13 individual winners to date, including a stakes placed horse out of a mare by Danzig son Monashee Mountain (USA). Onemorenomore (ex Palia by Last Tycoon (IRE)) has a stakes placed horse out of a Flying Spur mare, so another Red Ransom/Danzig cross.

Scenic’s son, Universal Ruler (ex Rulings by Hurricane Sky), winner of four black type races, including the Belmont Sprint-Gr.3, now has eight winners from 19 first crop starters, including the $243,500 earner Rebel King, who is out of a mare by Falbrav and has the brothers Sadler’s Wells/Fairy King 3x3.

Medaglia d’Oro (USA) (El Prado-Cappucino Bay by Bailjumper) was a fully-fledged sensation with his first crop in the US, although they proved better at three and up than at two. He started quietly in Australia with eight winners, none black type, from 19 starters, but several of them appeared distinctly promising.

Best seen out so far is Nostradamus, winner of the San Domenico Stakes-Gr.3, who is out of a mare by Lion Hunter, so an extended version of the Sadler’s Wells/Danehill cross, and he also has Group placed horses from daughters of Canny Lad, Red Ransom and Elusive Quality. He’s also already got a two year-old black type winner in his second crop in Vancouver, a son of the well known Danehill matron Skates who took the Breeders’ Plate-LR on his racecourse debut.

Star sprinter, Nicconi (by Danzig son Bianconi and from Nicola Lass by Scenic), winner of the Lightning Stakes-Gr.1 and Galaxy Stakes-Gr.1, occupied seventh on the freshman table and now has 16 winners of 21 races. One place behind came Manhattan Rain, who as a Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1 winner by Encosta de Lago out of Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad), the dam of Redoute’s Choice, was probably the pick of many to head this generation.

That may yet prove to be the case as Manhattan Rain has made considerable progress this year, and is currently the second leading second season sire. He now has the National Stakes-Gr.3 winner Moonovermanhattan (out of a Flying Spur mare, and inbred to Rolls, the dam of Flying Spur and grandam of Encosta de Lago), stakes winner Crafty who is out of a mare by Sadler’s Wells (giving Fairy King/Sadler’s Wells 3x2), and two stakes placed horses.

Behind the previously mentioned Red Element, the top 10 was rounded out by Wicked Style (USA), a horse who represented something very different for Australian breeders. Winner of the Breeders’ Futurity- Gr.1 and Arlington-Washington Futurity-Gr.1 at two in the US, he is by Holy Bull’s Champion US Two Year-Old Macho Uno and from Deviletta by Trempolino (Sharpen Up). He has yet to have a black type horse but does have six first crop winners, as well as a current two year-old, Wicked Intent who picked up $66,100 for a win in the GCTC Sequalo Legacy Plate at his only start to date.

Behind them comes the horse who has shot to the top of the early second season sires, courtesy of crack filly Fontein Ruby, the William Reid Stakes-Gr.1 and Sir Rupert Clark Stakes-Gr.1 winner Turffontein (Johannesburg (USA)-Spirit of Grace by Dr Grace (NZ)). Out of a Rubiton mare, Fontein Ruby is an outcross, except for having Sir Tristram (IRE) 4x4.