Bloodlines: Snitzel has one title won but not invincible in another
Snitzel has an unassailable lead in the Australian champion stallion race for the 2018-19 season after another remarkable year and thanks in part to Redzel again winning the rich The Everest.
The son of Redoutes Choice will chalk up a hat-trick of wins as the biggest prizemoney earner as he is leading arch rival I Am Invincible by more than $6 million.
However, the battle rages on to see who supplies the most winners on Australian racetracks this season, with both stallions having sired 166 individual winners. Snitzel has been represented by 331 runners compared with I Am Invincibles 319.
I Am Invincible had two city winners on Wednesday after a Tuesday treble, so his progeny have won a total of 265 races. This is a lead of seven over Snitzel, and a battle royal is looming with six weeks until seasons end.
Snitzels performances in the past three seasons have been phenomenal, with his progeny winning prizemoney in excess of $68 million.
I Am Invincible, nonetheless, is bridging the gap and the Yarraman Park-based sire could end Snitzels winning spree next season, with some stunning prices paid for his yearlings this year.
He had 56 yearlings average $440,089 at the Magic Millions in January and 25 average $493,600 at the Inglis Easter Sales at Riverside in April.
He had seven yearlings sell for $1million or more up to $1.7 million. I Am Invincible is the most expensive stallion standing in Australia in the coming breeding season at $247,500 including GST, compared with Snitzels fee of $220,000 including GST.
Listen and learn
Success in a Taree maiden a week ago by $1 million yearling purchase Zaniah ended a frustrating two-year wait for the fillys New Zealand owner Lib Petagna. It was Zaniahs first Australian start for trainer Kris Lees.
Leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Bruce Perry paid $1 million for the Zoustar filly whose pedigree page revealed her as a half-relation to two budding stallions in Deep Field and Shooting To Win.
Listen Here is the dam of all three and Bloodlines vividly recalls the Zoustar fillys presence at the 2017 Inglis Yearling Sales at the Newmarket complex as she was a sensational individual offered by Edinglassie Stud.
As expected the filly was the centre of a great bidding duel with Perry winning the day and sending her to New Zealand to be trained by Stephen Marsh. I regularly questioned Perry about Zaniah at sales in Australia and he had a hard-luck story each time with the filly having three unplaced runs in New Zealand. He explained the filly had breathing problems, holding her breath and being unable to finish off her races strongly.
There was no expense spared in attempting to rectify the problem and a decision was made to send her to Leess Newcastle base.
Perry said they wanted a win on Zaniahs pedigree page and Lees selected the Taree venue as the easiest prospect of achieving this.
Zaniah has a booking to I Am Invincible as her first stud partner in September but Lees will continue to attempt to improve her race record.
HOOFNOTE: Listen Here, a daughter of Elusive Quality, was sold at auction 12 months ago for $3.4million and has a covering with I Am Invincible awaiting her.
The decisive winning performance of Fastnet Rock colt Prince Fawaz in the group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm last Saturday brought back great memories as he carried the silks made famous by owner-breeder Bob Miller in the 1970s.
Millers family owned the Miller coal mines at Heatherbrae as well as Millers Brewery in Taverners Hill, Leichhardt, and he and his brother Rod had a great love of racing.
I first met up with Bob Miller when a racing cadet and working at meetings for The Sun newspaper. He loved a bet and despite a big age gap we formed a good association and he ended up entrusting me to put on his bets.
His trainer was Bert Lyell, a very good mentor who passed on during tRead More – Source