12th Dec 2014
Two exceptional milers, five stakes winning two-year-olds and yet more emerging sons at stud contributed to another great year for Invincible Spirit. Son Kingman became a household name in 2014 thanks to brilliant victories in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St. James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois. In France, the flag was flown by Charm Spirit, who won the Prix Jean Prat and Prix du Moulin before travelling to Ascot, where he recorded a third Group 1 victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Then there is the younger generation of two-year olds, which include the unbeaten filly Alea Iacta, who defeated colts when the six-length winner of the Prix Thomas Bryon, Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Local Time and the Group 1-placed High Celebrity. Unsurprisingly, his yearlings were hot property at the sales this year. Four realised the equivalent of €500,000 or above, led by a colt out of Prudenzia that sold for €1.1 million at the Arqana August Sale. While Invincible Spirit’s progeny continue to do him proud on the track and in the sales ring, sons Zebedee and I Am Invincible have emerged as leading first-crop sires in Europe and Australia. The pair complement a group of sons at stud that also includes the Classic sire Lawman.