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Snitzel x Flame of Sydney (by Encosta de Lago)
Standing at Hunter Valley, NSW
Invader’s win in the Sires’ Produce was nothing short of sensational. Stepping up to 1400m for the first time, he settled five lengths behind the early leaders before bursting clear at the 50m mark to win by three-quarters of a length.
In what was one of the strongest ever fields in the race Invader beat another Group One-winning Snitzel colt in Summer Passage. Subsequent Group One T J Smith, Golden Rose and All-Aged Stakes winner Trapeze Artist, also by Snitzel, was third.
The victory was a just reward for Invader 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 was bullish after the victory; “When you go back and look at that, 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 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.
- By Champion Sire Snitzel
- Snitzel’s highest-rated Timeform 2YO in history
- The ONLY 2YO Colt by Snitzel to win a G1 over a sprint distance
- The Champion 2YO Colt of his generation
“The G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes won by Invader in 2017 would have to be one of the strongest runnings of this race in many years. The form out of the race has stood right up into the next preparation of the runners and every horse who was defeated is a black-type horse.”
Ron Dufficy, Form Expert
“When I rode him in his maiden victory he gave me the feel of a G1 colt straight away. He was a genuine Golden Slipper type of horse and that opinion was franked when he won the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes. I always thought Invader was something special.”
Hugh Bowman, Jockey