Invading force! A top 5 Australian First Season Sire by winners in 2021/22, Invader has gone from strength to strength, becoming the first second season sire to produce a Group 1 winner – Sunshine In Paris (who would subsequently be sold for $3.9 million at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale).
It seems the first should be last too as Invader ended the season AND started the new season with a host of top-class winners including Robrick (Flemington), Coincide (Randwick), Kitri and Spaceship (Doomben) and Movader (Sandown).
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 three 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 and to $170,000 in 2023.
Purchasers include the 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.