Could Invader be the stallion to watch in 2023/24?
The son of Snitzel had been a little slow to come to prominence but is currently riding the crest of a wave. Six of his last ten runners have all crossed the finish line in front, including his first runner of the new season. That, though, might only be the start of things to come.
In July, the stallion owned in partnership by Aquis and Phoenix Thoroughbreds had 25 runners finish at least in the first three, including nine winners. But there’s more to this story than more than just consistency. Invader has already proven he can produce quality. Already a producer of a Group One winner, he was quicker to reach that milestone than a multitude of household names. So You Think, Written Tycoon and Sebring are just a few of the stars of Australia’s breeding ranks that he beat to sire a top-level success. That’s not even mentioning his own sire, who was 470 days slower to reach the landmark success.
That Group One success for the sire on the rise came at the hooves of impressive filly Sunshine In Paris. The now four-year-old was nothing but progressive as she picked up a Group Two placing before landing the ATC Surround Stakes, where she repelled proven high-class opposition.
SUNSHINE IN PARIS a new G1 winner down under as she takes the Surround Stakes in a thrilling four-way go 🏆
G1 winners IN SECRET and ZOUGOTCHA finished third and fourth 💎pic.twitter.com/yFlofOJPmq
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) February 25, 2023
With a pedigree full of luminaries of the turf, it must be of little surprise that his star is beginning to shine. The mix in his bloodlines has seen great versatility among his winning progeny. While the majority of success stories for the Inglis Sires champion have come over sprint distances, his progeny have recorded victories over the entire spectrum of trips.
Invader stands at Aquis Farm for $11,000 (inc GST), and with his progeny’s results showing an upward curve, he might be offering outstanding value.
*All stats correct as of 07:30am Melbourne and sourced from Breednet.com