With the arrival of many of the 2020 shuttle stallions over the last few weeks, Aquis’ level of excitement peaked on Tuesday when Invincible Spirit’s Gr.1 winner Royal Meeting (IRE), the unbeaten juvenile stepped off the float at Seymour.
A seasoned traveller, having raced in four different countries including Australia during his short, seven start race career, the ability of Royal Meeting was evident from day one, opening up his racing resume with a facile 1400m victory at Yarmouth before connections sent him straight into Gr.1 company, contesting the Criterium International at Chantilly.
Defeating Coolmore’s star mare Hermosa, who would go on to claim Gr.1 victories at her next start, Royal Meeting’s record-breaking performance over the 1400m at the elite level highlighted his immediate stallion appeal.
A son of Green Desert’s sensational Invincible Spirit, successful in the Gr.1 Haydock Sprint Cup, Invincible Spirit shuttled to Victoria earlier in his career, where he stood for the same fee that Royal Meeting will command in his debut season.
As one of four Gr.1-winning sons of Invincible Spirit to stand at stud this season in Australia, Royal Meeting carries the tag of being the only unbeaten juvenile of the quartet, and with the outstanding success of the stallion line in Australia through the deeds of I Am Invincible and globally via Kingman and Lawman, Royal Meeting is in an enviable position to create his own legacy over the years to come.
With 17 Gr.1 winners to his credit as a sire of sires through four of his sons, it’s worth noting that the only one of those four to stand in Australia is I Am Invincible, who has supplied 9 (53%) of those elite level winners, clearly highlighting that the stallion line appreciates Australian conditions.
The astonishing rise of I Am Invincible is one for the record books; commencing his stud career at a fee of $11,000 (inc GST), I Am Invincible’s rise to one of the most in demand stallions in the southern hemisphere, commanding a career high fee of $247,500 (inc. GST) last season, once again indicating the prevalence and success of the stallion line locally.
Set to stand his initial season for $11,000 (inc GST), like both I Am Invincible and their sire Invincible Spirit stood in their debut season, Royal Meeting’s pedigree also taps into another love of the Australian breeder – juvenile ability.
The epitome of the global breeding, Royal Meeting is out of the unbeaten, Champion South African 2YO filly Rock Opera, whose 2YO Gr.1 placed sister Rock Concert, is the dam of the Gr.1-winning 2YO Van Halen, from the family of last season’s three-time stakes-winning 2YO Global Drummer.