The recent big sprints in the UK have again highlighted the brilliance of leading sire Invincible Spirit, whose only Australian based sire son is Yarraman Park's powerhouse sprinter I Am Invincible.
The Group I Darley July Cup at Newmarket on the weekend was won by the four year-old Invincible Spirit stallion Mayson, who became the seventh Group I winner for his sire when charging away to win the prestigious six furlong sprint by five lengths.
The effort of Mayson comes just weeks after French Group I winner Moonlight Cloud went within a head of defeating world champion sprinter Black Caviar in the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The sire of 57 stakes-winners worldwide including multiple Australian Group I winner Yosei, Invincible Spirit (pictured) is powering along again this year and is currently in third place on the Leading Sires List for Great Britain by prizemoney behind only Galileo and Montjeu.
A son of influential sire Green Desert, Invincible Spirit is also proving his worth as a sire of sires, his Group I winning son Lawman making a keen impression with his first two crops which include 37 winners led by Group I Royal Ascot St James's Palace Stakes hero Most Improved as well as six other stakes performers.
A Group I winning sprinter himself, Invincible Spirit stands at the Irish National Stud at a fee of 66,000 euros.
"Invincible Spirit has sired a lot of winners here in Australia from his couple of seasons at stud in Victoria and I have no doubt he would have been highly successful given further opportunity in this part of the world," said Harry Mitchell.
"In the two years since we decided to take I Am Invincible on, the stocks of his sire have continued to rise, giving us much optimism for the future."
I Am Invincible (pictured) covered 133 mares in his first season at stud and 140 last year, his fee set again at $11,000 for this spring.
"He had some stunning foals last year and we couldn't be happier with the way they have come on, so we will be planning to take the best of them to Magic Millions in January where I am sure they will make their presence felt," Mitchell added.
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