by Grant Morgan
We had to wait until day 5 of the sale but we secured the colt we were waiting for when we purchased an outstanding I Am Invincible colt.
Lot 891 was presented by Neil Osborne’s Mane Lodge at Sutton and knocked down to Ontrack for $260,000. This made him the top lot on day 5 of the record breaking sale.
Physically this colt was one of the best I Am Invincible’s at the sale. Whilst on face value many would say his pedigree looks light. Don’t be fooled into that way of thinking. Plenty said the same when I purchased Brazen Beau. He had four dams to the page like this colt and at first glance lacked black type and depth.
There are three primary factors this colt will be successful racehorse from a pedigree perspective.
Firstly, he is a three quarter brother to I Am Snippety. A first crop member of I Am Invincible, I Am Snippety was a precocious two year-old having blitzed a Wellington Boot field by 6.5 lengths after she was a close up fourth in the Group 3 Black Opal. In one of the saddest things I’ve witnessed on racecourse, I Am Snippety tragically broke down in the straight on a heavy Randwick track with what was an unassailable lead in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes. The ultimate winner of the race was subsequent Group 1 winner Hallowed Crown.
Secondly, this is the first time this colts dam Yields of Gold has produced a foal by I Am Invincible. This is a key factor. What you must understand about I Am Invincible is his ability to dominate and upgrade a mare. Just because a mare hasn’t produced a great deal in the past with other sires often means zip when it comes to ‘Vinnie’. This is the identical pattern to Brazen Beau. His dam Sansadee produced Brazen Beau as her fifth foal and her first foal to I Am Invincible. Her prior progeny whilst most were winners were only moderate.
Finally, Bletchingly is a vital speed factor in the success of I Am Invincible. This colt boasts two strains of Bletchingly. This is also common factor for Brazen Beau, who boasts two strains of Bletchingly.
Neil Osborne is a fantastic smaller breeder from Canberra who does a great job with his mares. One of very few breeders to recognise the early potential of I Am Invincible, Neil purchased a lifetime breeding right In ‘Vinnie’ shortly after the deal was done to send him to stud. He as supported the horse strongly from day 1 and deserves the great results he is achieving with his yearlings. I purchased the il-fated I Am Invincible filly Babooshka from Neil at the same sale in 2015. Sadly Babooshka raced just once for a second at Canterbury as a two year-old behind subsequent Group 2 winner Morton’s Fork, before she broke down at trackwork. I have absolutely no doubt Babooshka was Group class.
This colt will head to the Gold Coast stables of Toby Edmonds, who of course prepared I Am Invincible filly Houtzen to win this years Magic Millions Two Year-Old Classic. Toby also trained I Am Invincible during the formative stages of his career, so it’s a great fit all round.
He looks the ideal type to target towards the 2018 Magic Millions Two Year-Old Classic. Queensland trained two year-olds are getting a great foothold in this race now with Houtzen joining recent winners Le Cap and Real Surreal. The taxing Queensland humidity makes it tough for Southern prepared horses. Being trained on course at the Gold Coast will give this colt every chance to compete at the Magic Millions.