The impressive success of I Am Invincible, 2015 fee $55,000, is very encouraging for mare owners to flock to Ivawood’s sire Zebedee, when he becomes the first son of Invincible Spirit next season to visit Australia. He is to stand on $17,600 at one of Australia’s most progressive young studs, the Sam Hayes established Cornerstone Stud on a major portion of the famous Lindsay Park at Angaston in South Australia.
Cornerstone will also host again the Aga Khan shuttler Dalakhani, a European sire of seven Group1 winners, and residents Ambidexter (Commands), Good Journey (USA) (Nureyev), Hussonet (USA) (Mr. Prospector), Shrewd Rhythm (Danehill Dancer) and Super Kid (NZ) (Gaius).
Tally-Ho Stud Ireland headquartered Zebedee, a good looking,16.0 hands grey, who Timeform reported took after his sire rather than his dam, went to stud at three in 2011 after being one of Europe’s most brilliant juveniles of his generation. He won six of seven starts, including the prestigious Flying Childers at Doncaster and Molecomb at Goodwood.
With his first crop of 2-year-olds last year, Zebedee wracked up 31 winners, one more than his sire Invincible Spirit and the second highest for the year for any sire. He has continued on his merry way with his oldest 3-year-olds and currently has more two crop winners than any other European sire.
In addition he is again outgunning his sire in the 2015 European juvenile statistics, sitting in fourth place on earnings and second by winners.
Zebedee’s best performer so far has been Ivawood, a bay colt from a son of a Red Ransom mare whose brilliance saw him assessed equal third highweight in European Rankings of best 2-year-olds in Europe for 2014.
He won three of four starts at two, including two Group 2s, the Newmarket July Stakes (by 2.8 lengths) and the Goodwood Richmond Stakes (4.5 lengths), and finished a nose second Group1 Middle Park Stakes,
Although he has not won any of his three outings at three, Ivawood has spearheaded Zebedee’s second year of representation with three stakes thirds, including the two Guineas Classics.
The name Zebedee is a biblical term which can be translated as Gift of God. In the future in the hands of Sam Hayes at Cornerstone Stud, it appears to have very good prospects of being an invincible gift towards the production of brilliance and precocity in Australian racing.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service