Two top performances on Saturday, one at Doomben and the other at the Curragh in Ireland, added to the impact of the infant sire dynasty of the Green Desert (Danzig) European speed king Invincible Spirit, the setter in 2013 of a new world record for most juvenile winners for a year of 43.
The competitors were Look To The Stars, the Clarry Conner’s trained juvenile who won the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Doomben, and Ivawood, a colt who confirmed himself as one of the leading early 3-year-old milers in Europe when he followed up a third in the English Two Thousand Guineas with the same placing in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas.
Bred by the Yarraman Park Stud at Scone and a bargain buy at $26,000 for Darby Bloodstock Pty Ltd at the Scone yearling sale, Look To The Stars is by their booming sire I Am Invincible.
A winner of five metropolitan races (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide;1000-1100m), including two stakes, and runner up to Takeover Target in the Group1 Goodwood (1200m) in 13 starts, I Am Invincible was one of 250 foals supplied by Invincible Spirit from four visits to Victoria, 2003-06.
The 16.2 hands bay I Am Invincible Spirit, in the mode of his sire, was an immediate success when his first crop 2-year-olds hit the track in 2013-14.They included17 winners (two from two in New Zealand) and he ended up way out in front as Australia’s leading first season sire by winners and earnings and seventh leading juvenile sire overall.
He has gone on to be an outstanding success with his two crops of racing age to late May supplying 54 winners (48 Australia, two from three New Zealand, four from five Singapore) and earnings of over $4million ($3.472million Aust).
Look To The Stars and Super One (likely Singapore champion juvenile) are the two best of 15 2-year-old winners and million dollar earner Brazen Beau tops his 3-year-olds. Brazen Beau is tipped to cover himself with glory at next month’s Royal Ascot carnival and then be retired to Darley Victoria on a fee of $44,000.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service