I Am Invincible and Snitzel to again battle for stallion supremacy

Inglis bloodstock manager Simon Vivian tips a stirring battle between I Am Invincible and Snitzel to provide the sales topper when Australia’s third largest yearling sale gets under way in Melbourne on Sunday.

The Inglis Premier Sale boasts a crackerjack catalogue of 784 bluebloods.

Inglis bloodstock manager Simon Vivian expects a colt by Snitzel (pictured) out of Jestajingle to have a strong showing at the Premier Sale.Credit:AAP

‘‘Inglis have gone all out to provide trainers and agents with the best catalogue we could attract and we believe we have the best stallions including a bomber crop of first season sires which is highlighted by American Pharoah,’’ Vivian told Bloodlines.

Vivian is particularly impressed with two colts – lots 227 and 402 – which will be featured in the Premier Sessions on Sunday and Monday. The first is the Snitzel colt from the Lonhro mare Jestajingle which is being offered by Blue Gum Farm.

‘‘He is pretty hard to fault,’’he said. ‘‘Apart from his appearance he has a solid black-type pedigree page and has a stallion future ahead of [him after] his racing career. He really looks the part and we all know how good Snitzel's offspring are promising to follow in his footsteps.’’

His sons at stud include Shamus Award, Trapeze Artist, Russian Revolution, Wandjina and Sizzling but his most famous is of course dual Everest-winning gelding Redzel.

However, Vivian is confident the I Am Invincible colt will give him a run for his money. Lot 402’s dam is the Rory’s Jester mare Runway Jesse which brings forth a colt bred for speed. He is being offered by Longwood Thoroughbreds and the dam’s breeding record features six winners from seven runners.

They include Eloping, a $1 million-plus winner, Of The Brave and Jesse’s Girl – both black type performers. I Am Invincible has shot to the lead in the stallions’ premiership, leading the prizemoney and individual winner tables.

Vivian has also been impressed by Bhima Stud’s offerings, notably lot 125, a Deep Field colt from Dijonnaise and lot 152, from Europium by Exceed and Excel whose two year-old crop this year has been amazing.

Bloodlines surveyed several other studs and Jim Carey, the manager at Newgate Farm, is confident lot 81, their Capitalist colt from Capital Commander – a Commands mare – will be a most sought-after commodity.

Peter O’Brien, general manager of Segenhoe Stud, has three fillies which he expects will head his 12 offerings.

‘‘We are returning to Melbourne after a lengthy absence and the response to our crop is quite brilliant,’’ he said. ‘‘I am confident our I Am Invincible (lot 299), lot 50, a super impressive Sooboog filly, and lot 165, a Pride of Dubai will bring good money.

Last, but not least, Yarraman Park have a quality team of eight yearlings with a Hinchinbrook colt (lot 126), a Written Tycoon colt (456) and an I Am Invincible filly (522).

Tassie continues upward trend

The Magic Millions Tasmania Yearling Sale conducted last Monday saw 110 youngsters sell and for the first time the sale passed $3 million in turnover with the statistics continuing the upward trend.

The aggregate was $3,362,500, a rise of 13 per cent on last year. The average of $30,568 represented a jump of 8.5 per cent and the clearance rate brought forth a pleasing 81 per cent of yearlings selling with just 25 pass-ins.

First-season stallion Alpine Eagle (left) sired the top-priced lot at the Tasmanian Magic Millions sale.Credit:Reuters

The highest price was $95,000 for a filly by freshman stallion Alpine Eagle, purchased by Melbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and his bloodstock advisor Peter Ford. Both men had flown into Melbourne on Sunday to do their inspections before returning home that evening and making their bids online.

When interviewed later Griffths declared: ‘‘We were both convinced the filly was full of class and were determined to buy her.’’

Alpine Eagle, a son of High Chaparral, was trained by Tony McEvoy and won the group 2 MRC Autumn Classic and was second in the group 1 VRC Australian Guineas. He was snapped up by leading Tasmanian farm Armidale Stud and the sire was dominant on Monday with 21 of his yearlings selling for $735,000 (av $35,000).

Denise Martin's Star Thoroughbreds has been a regular in Tasmania and signed for four fillies including two by Alpine Eagle and the others by Lionhearted and Wordsmith for a $182,500 outlay (av $45,625).

The biggest buyer was local trainer John Blacker, who signed for 11 lots for $320,500 while John Foote bought four colts for Hong Kong clients: two Lionhearteds and a Fighting Sun and Ilovethiscity. They cost $189,000 (av $47,250).

Melbourne co-trainer Matt Ellerton and Mark Zahra paid $75,000 for a Star Turn colt and Kelly Schweida made the trip from Queensland to buy a Dissident colt for $66,000.

American Pharoah big in Japan

American Pharoah's sensational winning ways continued on Sunday with a Japanese double including a magnificent performance by three-year-old colt Cafe Pharoah in the listed Hyacinth Stakes (1600m) in Tokyo.

The success gave American Pharoah his sixth stakes winner from his first crop of foals and the Hyacinth victory brought Cafe Pharoah a step closer to cementing a place in the Kentucky Derby. The colt won his first start last December by 10 lengths.

There was enormous merit in his win as he was last away in the 14 horses field and at one stage was six lengths behind the second-last horse. He unleashed a phenomenal finishing burst to score by one-and-a-quarter lengths, much to the delight of his supporters who backed him into even-money favourite.

American Pharoah also made his presence felt on Sunday, this time at Kyoto when Abel Haul became the triple crown winner's seventh individual Japanese winner. He was having his second start in an 1800m event and scored a half-length victory.

American Pharoah's Australian yearlings have been keenly sought by buyers and have sold for $850,000, $750,000 (twice), $675,000 and $600,000. It is expected the Coolmore sire will be even hotter at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with 25 lots catalogued to sell on April 7 and 8.

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