Sire sensation I Am Invincible set for hefty service fee increase
Yarraman Park Stud resident to have his price doubled for 2017
Yarraman Park Stud in New South Wales, Australia, has doubled the fee for its red-hot stallion I Am Invincible, a son of Irish National Stud stalwart Invincible Spirit.
I Am Invincible will stand this year's southern-hemisphere breeding season at a fee of A$110,000 (£84,000/€66,800), up from A$55,000 in 2016.
The increase comes on the back of I Am Invincible achieving excellent results from early crops bred off modest fees.
He was retired to Yarraman Park Stud in 2010 at a cost of just A$11,000 and was crowned Australia's champion first-season sire of 2013-14 with a haul of winners and prize-money that towered over his peers.
The highlight of the stallion's first crop was Brazen Beau, winner of the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Newmarket Handicap and runner-up to Undrafted in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Brazen Beau now shuttles between Darley's stallion bases in Australia and Britain. His fee at Dalham Hall Stud this year is £10,000.
I Am Invincible has gone on to supply 35 stakes performers including 11 Group winners and eight Listed scorers and this season he has been represented by I Am A Star, successful in the Group 1 Myer Classic as well as the Kewney Stakes and Sunline Stakes, both Group 2 contests; Hellbent, beaten just a short head when second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes last month; Voodoo Lad, a Group 3 winner who was second in two Group 1s, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Newmarket Handicap; and Houtzen, winner of the valuable Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
Yarraman Park Stud's Arthur Mitchell said: “I Am Invincible sired his second Group 1 winner in the spring, he is the sire of 19 stakes winners now and he consistently churns out the winners.
“His current rate is 56 per cent, which is leaps and bounds ahead of any other stallion in the country and it is resonating with buyers in the sale ring.”
From 97 lots sold in 2017 I Am Invincible has achieved an average price of A$236,366, a figure which looks sure to rise on the back of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, that kicks off in Sydney on Tuesday.
I Am Invincible's studmate Hinchinbrook, a son of Fastnet Rock who is also a former champion first-season sire, has had his fee raised to A$44,000 (£26,750/€31,400) from A$38,500.
Hinchinbrook is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement, now a stallion at Vinery, and Flying Jess, who defeated Global Glamour to win the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas in January.
“Hinchinbrook has only had three relatively small crops to race and is producing real quality,” said Mitchell.
“Both stallions have done what they have off low fees and they are upgrading their mares, which is a real and rare attribute in stallions. We’re lucky to have them and appreciate the continued support of our clients.”