An Invincible Influence

Enjoying a remarkable weekend

Outstanding sire Invincible Spirit enjoyed a remarkable last weekend.

Not only is he broodmare sire of last Saturday’s Gr1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Notable Speech (Dubawi), but his star son Kingman is the sire of Sunday’s Gr1 Qipco 1000 Guineas queen, Elmalka.

Invincible Spirit – Green Desert ex Rafha (Pic – Irish National Stud)

The red hot Kingman is also sire of Sunday’s Listed William Hill Pretty Polly Stakes winner Friendly Soul, with the latter a potential starter in the Gr1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks).

Beaten just once in eight starts, Kingman, a close relative of top-class stallion Oasis Dream, is the sire of nearly 80 stakes winners, including the promising young stallion Calyx. The latter, winner of three of four starts, including the Gr2 Coventry Stakes, has already come up with a trio of group winners from his first Northern Hemisphere as well as the very promising filly Purple Lily.

Invincible Spirit is also sire of I Am Invincible, whose son Brazen Beau is the sire of Saturday’s Gr3 William Hill Palace House Stakes runner-up Vadream. Champion Sire in Australia for the past two seasons, I Am Invincible is on course to be crowned Australia’s Champion Sire for a third time running, with the son of Invincible Spirit set to stand for a fee of A$275 000 in 2024. At the time of writing, I Am Invincible offspring had earned more than $29,3 million in Australia this season.

To date, I Am Invincible has sired more than 100 stakes winners, including ten time Gr1 winner Imperatriz and Gr1 William Reid hero Hellbent, sire of 2024 Gr1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes winner Magic Time.

Another Australian based son of Invincible Spirit, Royal Meeting, is currently fourth on Australia’s Leading First Season Sires List, with Invincible Spirit’s great grandson Tassort runner up on that premiership.

Both Royal Meeting and Tassort have produced a Gr1 winner in their first crop, with Royal Meeting filly Hayasugi victorious in the 2024 Gr1 Sportsbet Blue Diamond Stakes, and Tassort filly Manaal successful in this season’s Gr1 Inglis’ Sires.

Unbeaten in four starts, Notable Speech is out of the Invincible Spirit daughter Swift Rose, who finished runner up in the Gr3 UAE Oaks.

Digital Age (Invincible Spirit ex Willow View) stands at Mauritzfontein (Pic – Mauritzfontein)

A descendant of champion Mesopotamia, Notable Speech hails from the same female line as such luminaries as Mukhadram (Gr1 Coral-Eclipse), African Story (Gr1 Dubai World Cup), Mastery (St Leger) and high-class South African broodmare Serra Negra among many others.

Serra Negra (whose sire Kris is broodmare sire of Invincible Spirit) produced Gr1 Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas/Gr2 K R A Guineas winning sire Noordhoek Flyer (Pivotal) as well as the dam of Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes winner, Mount Laurel (Ideal World).

Mesopotamia is also ancestress of multiple champion sire Volksraad, who, like Invincible Spirit, was sired by Green Desert. Volksraad, eight times champion sire in New Zealand, was produced by the Secretariat mare Celtic Assembly, the fifth dam of the aforementioned Notable Speech.

Invincible Spirit’s half-brother Kodiac also enjoyed success this past weekend, with Kodiac son Seven Questions victorious in Saturday’s Gr3 William Hill Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.

The sire of Saturday’s 2000 Guineas fourth place finisher Ghostwriter, Invincible Spirit has consistently proved a high-class stallion. At the time of writing, the 2002 Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner had been responsible for more than 140 stakes winners -a considerably higher total than that achieved by his own hugely influential sire Green Desert.

Invincible Spirit’s high-class son Digital Age, winner of the 2020 Gr1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes, stands at Mauritzfontein and he looks set to make his presence felt on the local turf.

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