7/5/2020 Yarraman Park stud service fees
Photo: I Am Invincible
The tremendous rise of I Am Invincible, from $11,000 in his first four seasons to a high of $247,500 last year, looks set to continue, even with a reduced fee in 2020 due to the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic. His son and Yarraman companion Hellbent has also been reduced slightly, coming down to $22,000 from $27,500 for what will be his third season at stud. “It was a difficult decision, but we’re all aware that we could be going into difficult times,” Yarraman Park Stud’s Arthur Mitchell told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday. “We thought that it was the right thing to do, to bring them back, and to leave a bit more meat on the bone for breeders so to speak. “We’ve been lucky that Australia is continuing to race when most countries aren’t and so there is still racing interest. I don’t think any of us know just how much this virus is going to play out on the economy and on people. We’re all assuming it’s going to be somewhat tough in a lot of areas. “It’s pretty serious stuff, it’s going to hurt in many ways and I think it might be quite tough for the breeding industry for a few years. As a result, we have reduced both of our stallions, I Am Invincible and Hellbent, to a degree which we think is very fair in the marketplace.” The last four years, I Am Invincible has covered more than 200 mares a season with his 2019 matings representing a who’s who of the Australian racing industry. Mares believed to be in foal to I Am Invincible currently include two of the greatest Australian race fillies of all time, Winx (Street Cry) and Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), as well as Winx’s dam Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar) and Black Caviar’s daughters Oscietra (Exceed And Excel) and Out Of Caviar (Snitzel). Add in the likes of Group 1 winners English (Encosta De Lago), Guelph (Exceed And Excel), Lucia Valentina (Savabeel), Mossfun (Mossman), Princess Coup (Encosta De Lago), Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice), Samantha Miss (Redoute’s Choice), Shamal Wind (Dubawi), Shoals (Fastnet Rock) and Snitzerland (Snitzel), as well as proven producers Ballet D’Amour (Stravinsky), Essouaira (Exceed And Excel), Extremely (Hussonet), Lipari (Redoute’s Choice), Listen Here (Elusive Quality), Pinocchio (Encosta De Lago), Pontiana (Redoute’s Choice), Stylish Bel (Bel Esprit) and The Broken Shore (Hussonet), and I Am Invincible’s dominance - both on the racetrack and in the breeding barn - looks set to continue for many years yet.