Invader is off to a flyer with his first two crops of runners including 2023 Group 1 Surround Stakes heroine, Sunshine In Paris. To March ’23, Invader is the only Australian-based second season sire to produce a Group 1 winner.
The writing was certainly on the wall with 8 individual winners in his first season, while runners in 2022/23 include Sunshine In Paris, Storm The Fortress (3 from 4), Redavni (2 from 3), Victory Lane, Vain Invader etc.
A Champion son of Champion Sire Snitzel, Invader’s victory in the Gr.1 Sires’ Produce Stakes during his juvenile season was nothing short of sensational.
Stepping up to 1400m for the first time, the colt settled five lengths behind the early leaders before bursting clear at the 50m mark to win by three-quarters of a length, becoming the only Gr.1-winning colt by his sire to claim an elite level score over a sprinting trip in Australia.
In what was one of the strongest fields in the history of the race, Invader defeated fellow Gr.1-winning Snitzel colt Summer Passage, with subsequent Champion 3YO and four-time Gr.1 winner Trapeze Artist, also by Snitzel, back in third. Previous winners of the race include Gr.1 stallions Pierro, Helmet, Manhattan Rain, Sebring, Viscount, Octagonal and Tierce.
As the highest Timeform rated 2YO in history by his sire, Invader has been highly sought after at stud, with great support by breeders in his first two seasons including Australian Bloodstock, B2B Thoroughbreds, Bowness Stud, Canning Downs, Dorrington Farm, Edinburgh Park, Emirates Park, Evergreen Stud, Kenmore, Kia Ora, Laurel Oak Bloodstock, Murrulla Stud, Riversdale, Rosemont, Rothwell Park, Vieira Group and Willow Park Stud.
Invader has the all-important Australian market requirements of precocity, speed and conformation and being by Snitzel and out of a black-type Encosta de Lago mare he is positioned to continue the legacy of Champion Sires Danehill, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel before him and become the next sire-sensation in Australia.
Invader’s first two crops of yearlings have sold exceptionally well, selling up to $550,000. He was the Leading Australian First Season Sire at both Magic Millions January and Inglis Classic Yearling Sales in 2021, while at the 2022 sales he sold up to $260,000.
With purchasers including Freedman Brothers, Mitchell McEvoy Racing, Belmont Bloodstock, Mick Wallace, Mystery Downs, Ontrack Thoroughbreds, Roll The Dice Pty Ltd, Rogers Bloodstock, Bahen Bloodstock, Lees Racing, Ciaron Maher Racing, Kavanagh Racing, etc