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Snitzel x Flame Of Sydney (by Encosta De Lago)
Standing at Hunter Valley, NSW
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.
"He was a stand-out! Invader was a well-made, strong, short coupled colt as a yearling. An attractive colt with power, he caught the eye. He had the look of a two-year-old, which I was after. He proved this with his Gr.1 two-year-old victory in the Sires’ Produce. I look forward to seeing his progeny in coming years."
Michael Wallace, China Horse Club
"I am very impressed by the Invader foals. They are strong, correct and have lovely frame. What more can a breeder ask for."
Julie Harris, Hollbrook Thoroughbreds on the Invader x Hanami colt
"We are over the moon with the Invader foals we have on the ground. So much so, we sent a number of mares back to him last season. They are standouts."
Nick Hodges, Riversdale Farm on the Invader x Murtle Miss filly