published: 05 Sep 2018 in Freshman 2018

IT’S hard not to run out of superlatives when describing the stud career of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit (IRE)-Cannarelle by Canny Lad) whose first foals only arrived in 2011 and who already has more than 300 winners (32SW) including the likes of Brazen Beau, I Am A Star, Viddora and Hellbent.

Kobayashi (ex Woodstock Hussy by Hussonet (USA)) looked on track to be another top liner for his young sire before injury curtailed his career after just seven starts.
  But his two wins and a third in four starts at two confirmed his quality. He was unplaced in the Maribyrnong Plate-Gr.3 on debut in November 2016 and was then put away until the following March when third at Moonee Valley (1000m). He had two starts for two wins in April, leading all the way over 1200m at Caulfield to beat Plutocracy by 2.25 lengths (1:10.07) and then earning black type by again leading all the way to land the Listed MRC Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) by three lengths from Al Passem.
  He did not win in three starts at three for Leon and Troy Corstens, placing fifth of 12 in the Vain Stakes-Gr.3 (1100m) at Caulfield behind Jukebox after leading at the 800m and 400m, beaten 1.85 lengths, then he was sixth in the McNeil-Gr.3 to Merchant Navy, again leading at the 800m and 400m and finally fifth over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 29, 2017.
  “It is such a shame we never got to see his true potential,” Troy Corstens said of Kobayashi. “ His dominance over the 1200m at Caulfield as a two year-old was amazing. He is a speed machine and I look forward to seeing the bone, muscle and strength that he will shoot into his progeny.”
  Danehill-free, although he is from the same Danzig male line as that horse, he is the first by his sire to stand in Queensland. I Am Invincible won five races including the Mckay Stakes-Gr.3 (1100m) at Morphettville and was runner-up in the Goodwood-Gr.1 there behind champion Takeover Target. His dam is an unraced daughter of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad (Bletchingly), also dam sire of Redoute’s Choice, and his second dam Countess Pedrille is by Zoffany (USA) (Our Native) and a sister to Gr.2 winner Mamzelle Pedrille. His dam carries a 4mx5m double of Star Kingdom (Ire) via Biscay and Royal Artist. He is a son of the top class sprinter Invincible Spirit (IRE) (Green Desert-Rafha by Kris), winner of seven races including the Haydock Sprint Cup-Gr.1, sire of more than 100SW including the multiple Gr.1 winner Yosei (Fuji Kiseki) from a brief shuttle career in Australia.
  This season alone I Am Invincible has 143 winners of 244 races and $14,910,186 (to mid June), sitting second behind Snitzel ($28.1m) and just ahead of Fastnet Rock ($14.8m), a brilliant effort considering his started his stud career on just $11,000. By 2017 this had jumped to $110,000 (201 mares), but the demand for his yearlings and the success of his stock this season has seen his 2018 fee posted at $192,500 at Yarraman Park, Scone.
  Breeders should bear his modest starting fee in mind and remember Kobayashi has the family speed and a strong female line and is on $4400. His unraced dam Woodstock Hussey is by international success story Hussonet (USA) (Mr. Prospector) and from the multiple Sydney winner Explosive Love (four wins to 1250m), a daughter of champion sprinter Rubiton (Century; second dam by Todman). She produced four winners including stakes placed Love’s Great (Choisir), in turn dam of Gr.3 placed Old Trieste.
  Kobayashi’s third dam Gay Rosalind (by the Round Table son and Gr.1 winner Dignitas (USA), a brother to Knightly Manner) won twice at two including the Listed Keith McKay Handicap and was runner-up in the Magic Night-Gr.3 and third in the San Domenico-LR and Reginald Allen-LR before leaving 11 winners, the best being the very good sprinter Monopolize (Rubiton), twice winner of the Hong Kong International Bowl-Gr.2, runner-up and also third in the Stradbroke-Gr.1 and third in the Doomben 10,000-Gr.1.Gay Rosalind’s dam I Like It (Pipe of Peace (GB)-Churra (IRE) by The Phoenix-Anne Bronte by Fair Trial)) left seven named foals and they all won including Gay Rosalind’s sister As You Like It, winner of the Magic Night and Gr.1 placed and dam of Gr.1 winner I Like Diamonds (Baguette). 
  It is the immediate family of Gr.1 winners Hill of Grace (Zabeel) and Chipolata (Lunchtime), and SW Renewable (Zabeel), Coup Align (Align), Tarcoola Diamond (Last Tycoon), Cluster (Fastnet Rock), Acardo (Elnadim), Pipiwar (Marscay) Throne Inn (King of Kings), Just Blooming (Yeats), Beautiful Gem (Peintre Celebre) and Chickaloo (Sri Pekan). This is family 20a and it is the branch established by Kobayashi’s eighth dam Margetitta (Charles O’Malley), winner of the Queen Mary Stakes.
  Kobayashi looks a good fit with Danehill line mares, particularly Danehill Dancer (and his son Choisir) and the cross with mares from the Redoute’s Choice line will double Canny Lad and produce other interesting line breeding. Hussonet’s Gr.1-winning half-brother Ekraar (they are both out of champion sprinter Sacahuista by Raja Baba), a son of Red Ransom (USA), stood in NZ, and his daughters should also suit. Others who also appeal include daughters of Show a Heart, Falvelon, Sequalo and Outback Prince