published: 05 Sep 2018 in Freshman 2018

INVADER will stand at Aquis in partnership with international thoroughbred investor Phoenix Thoroughbreds whose CEO Amer Abdul Aziz said the opportunity to share the ownership in the son of champion sire Snitzel was too good an opportunity to miss. “He is a stallion we will support with our best southern hemisphere mares and also in the sales ring when the time comes to purchase his progeny,” he said.

  China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace selected Invader as a yearling and he went to $475,000 to secure the colt at the Gold Coast, describing him as a “stand out, well made, short coupled, an attractive colt with power, he looked a two year-old”. Trained for a high profile syndicate, including Aquis, Newgate Farm, Winstar Farm and China Horse Club, by Peter and Paul Snowden, Invader had a busy season at two, rattling home to be fourth in the Breeders’ Plate-LR on debut 
in October 2016 and then resuming with a second at Canterbury in December, a fifth of 16 in the Magic Millions Classic-RL in January before breaking through over 1200m at Randwick the following month.
  He was beaten a nose by Gunnison in the Todman Slipper-Gr.2 in early March then a foot abscess on the eve of the Golden Slipper ruled him out of the big race. However he produced a terrific run next time out to come from seventh at the 400m to win the ATC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1 (1400m) by three-quarters of a length from Summer Passage and with Trapeze Artist third.
  “He’s been there for everything from the Breeders’ Plate and Magic Millions and is still here now,” Peter Snowden said after the colt’s Gr.1 victory. 
“He’d qualified for the Slipper and we thought he’d be in it up to his ears. Then he got a foot abscess the day before the race and had to be scratched on race morning. I really think the way he ran away from Slipper third Menari in both the Todman and the Sires he’d have gone close to winning the Slipper.”
  Invader ended his juvenile career with a second behind The Mission in the Champagne Stakes-Gr.1 (1600m) on April 15, 2017. His final three runs in the Todman, Sires and Champagne all run on heavy (8&9) tracks at Randwick. He was retired after three unplaced runs between August and October, having two wins and three seconds in 10 starts for earnings of $968,375. He had a Timeform rating of 119 at two, the highest of any Snitzel juvenile to that time. 
  “We feel very proud to be standing such an exciting young son of Snitzel and he is also out of a stakes-winning mare in Flame of Sydney, a daughter of champion broodmare sire Encosta de Lago, who has also produced the successful international Gr.1 sprinter Not Listenin’tome,” Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said.
  As the winner of an Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1 (1100m) and out of a mare by another Oakleigh Plate winner, it’s no surprise that Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass by Snippets) is synonymous with speed. Runners like this year’s Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab, Everest hero Redzel, Trapeze Artist, Russian Revolution, Sizzling, Snitzerland and Hot Snitzel are among more than 80 stakes winners, so it’s easy to see why he is on a fee of $220,000 at Arrowfield in 2018.
  After winning the Australian general sires’ championship in 2016-17 with 159 winners (26SW) of $16,220,135 (and the juvenile title as well with 32 winners, 8SW, of $4.97m), Snitzel is so far out in front this season that in early June his runners had almost double the earnings of those by his nearest rival I Am Invincible ($14.74m), with a record $28,030,464 from 166 winners (26SW of 46 races) of 281 races. He leads the table by earnings, winners and wins, quite a remarkable feat and he again heads the list of sires of two year-olds (10 winners, 4SW, of $3.5m). It’s worth noting too that his son Sizzling is sitting third on the first crop sires’ list (six winners) and his Cox Plate-winning son Shamus Award has also made a bright start with four first crop winners.
  Invader’s dam Flame of Sydney won four races (1000m-1400m), three of them at two, her major win coming in the VRC Listed Desirable Handicap, while she was also runner-up in the Sandown Guineas-Gr.2 and Gr.3 placed. She’s had four winners from five foals to race including Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas), eight wins to 1200m, twice second at Gr.1 level here before landing a Gr.2 sprint in Hong Kong.
  Second dam, stakes placed Flame of Atlanta is by another pure speed horse in Clay Hero (Proud Knight-Cameo Belle by Bletchingly), also an Oakleigh Plate winner and a grandson of another speed sensation in Vain (Golden Slipper, champion sire). Invader carries a double cross of Biscay’s brilliant son Bletchingly 5mx5f as Redoute’s Choice is out of a daughter of that horse’s Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad. Invader’s third dam Plans Awry (USA) (Topsider-Snap Selection by Judger) also won black type in the US and three of her seven wins (to 1300m) came at two. Her 10 winners include Gr.2 winner and stakes producer What Can I Say (Khozaam), Listed winner Wry Hero (Clay Hero). Descendants of Plans Awry include Only Words Holy Snow, Gibraltar Campion, Darci Be Good and Mabeel. This is family 8h with fifth dam Impish (Majestic Prince), sixth dam Lady be Good (Better Self) and seventh dam influential mare Past Eight (Eight Thirty-Helvetia by Hourless).
   Foaled when her dam was 22, Past Eight is a half-sister to the CCA Oaks winner Edelweiss (Chicle) and Suburban Handicap winner Snark (Boojum). She produced two stakes winners by Better Self (by La Troienne’s son Bimelech) in Time Tested and Lady Be Good, the latter winning her black type at two before producing 10 winners, four of them stakes winners. Her daughter Impish was not one of them, but she won her only start and produced two stakes winners. She is also second dam of several stakes horses including Mining. Other descendants of Lady Be Good include French Charmer, Polish Precedent, Zilzal, Posse, Wavering Monarch, Pleasant Prospect and Russian Roubles. This is a prolific family and it could be worth finding other descendants to send to Invader.