On Day One of The Championships this time last year we saw Invader unleash a powerful turn of foot when winning the Group One Inglis Sires’ from the Group One-winning Snitzel colt Summer Passage. Subsequent Group One Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, also by Snitzel, was third.
It was a dominant display of speed by Invader, who, stepping up to 1400m for the first time, was slow out of the gates and had to settle five lengths behind the early leaders before bursting clear at the 50m mark to win by three-quarters of a length.
The victory was a just reward for this top-class son of Snitzel who had been unlucky to miss the Golden Slipper a fortnight prior when a stone bruise saw him scratched on the eve of the $3.5million race.
Peter Snowden, who trains the colt in partnership with his son Paul, was bullish after the victory; “When you go back and look at that, I know he drew a decent gate, he drew four but to manoeuvre and get to where he did from where he was in the clear was something to behold. It went a long way to the horse winning today.”
Invader, the highest ever rated 2YO by Champion Sire Snitzel and the Champion 2YO colt of his generation, will stand his first season at stud in 2018 at Aquis Farm, NSW, at a fee of $25,000+GST.