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I Am Invincible x Ghaliah (by Secret Savings)
Standing at Hunter Valley, NSW
By the breed shaper and emerging sire of sires I Am Invincible, an all-time Australian record holder for the amount of stakes winners in a single season - 27, the good-looking Santos was a fast and precocious juvenile trained by the all-conquering Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable.
A winner at the early Spring two year-old trials, Santos made his debut with a solid third in the Listed ATC Breeders Plate behind fellow Aquis stallion Performer.
Commencing his autumn campaign with an easy victory in the $150,000 ATC Pierro Plate (1100m) at Randwick and then booked his place in the Gr.1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m) with a tenacious win in the Gr.2 ATC Skyline Stakes (1200m), a race which historically attracts a high class field of colts and has been a great stallion-making race, won in the past by Snitzel, Choisir, Hinchinbrook and Manhattan Rain.
Bred by Emirates Park, Santos comes from one of their most successful families being a half-brother to Japanese Gr.3 winner Melagrana from a half-sister to Group winners Mutawaajid, Adeewin and Fatoon, the dam of Gr.1 ATC Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner Fat Al.
Completely free of Danehill blood, Santos has the good looks, natural speed and quality that are the hallmarks of his famous sire I Am Invincible, which was evident in the exciting first book of mares he received, from breeders including Ambergate Stud, Bowness Stud, Byerley Stud, Chatsworth Park, Emirates Park, Glastonbury Farm, Mt Hallowell Stud, Neil Osborne and Toolooganvale Stud.
"I was taken by his temperament and how much he reminded me of I Am Invincible.”
Ray Gall, raced Santos' sire I Am Invincible
"I think Santos is a horse with a lot of I Am Invincible about him, he’s attractive, has good length and height but still with refinement, he reminds me of his sire particularly around his head and with that depth of girth."
Jo Griffin, Lime Country Thoroughbreds
"This horse is not difficult to mate with his pedigree as an outcross sire."
Mike Fleming, Bhima Thoroughbreds