Yarraman Park is set to roll out the red carpet for Winx after the champion's owners announced I Am Invincible as her partner when she starts her breeding career later in the year.
It seems fitting the world champion mare, which ended her career with a four-year unbeaten run, would head to I Am Invincible after he became the most sought-after stallion in the land from humble beginnings.
“We’ll look after her,” Yarraman's Harry Mitchell said. “It is a wonderful recognition for Vinnie that the one of the best racehorses I have seen will come to see him for her first service.
“We looked forward to have her here on the farm and are chuffed they picked him.
“It caps off a great year for him, where he has broken records and once again got a few group 1 winners.”
Winx completed her racing career in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April with a 33rd consecutive victory, a streak which included 25 group 1 wins, and her owners have sweated over the decision of which stallion she would see this season. She eneded her racing life with 37 wins from 43 starts for $26,451,175 in prizemoney, a world record.
She had cast a magical spell over racing and the sporting public throughout her unbeaten run with her ability to simply win and win again and again.
Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke made the decision after a long process which included trainer Chris Waller and released a statement announcing their choice for the four-time Cox Plate winner on Monday.
“As owners, we have utilised and considered the expert advice of bloodstock professionals both domestically and internationally,” it read. “We have sought the opinions of various pedigree consultants, bloodstock agents and stud managers. They provided us with the foundation of information to assess and use to compile the short list of stallions for consideration.
“This process highlighted the extreme depth to the stallion ranks in Australia and across the world, however when considering the options of travelling overseas her welfare remained of the highest priority and we decided she would remain in Australia for her first breeding season.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who made expressions of interest, the level of attention was overwhelming and something we are very grateful for.”
I Am Invincible might not have reached the heights of Winx on the track - he never won a group 1 - but he has proven himself a sensational stallion. His is a rags-to-riches tale and he has become one of the biggest influences on the Australian breeding industry.
He stood for an $11,000 service fee in his first season, which has ballooned to $247,500 for 2019 given his raft of stakes winners and group 1-winning sons and daughters like Brazen Beau, Hellbent, Viddora and Voodoo Lad.
This season alone he has had 170 winners with Invincibella becoming his fourth group 1 victor in the Tatts Tiara on Saturday. He has also broken the record for producing stakes winners in a single season in Australia, which made him an irresistible match for Winx.
Article courtesy of Nine and The Brisbane Times