STRASBOURG – The Stunning, Group Winning 2yo by I Am Invincible

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As a December 2yo, Strasbourg was an easy debut winner in the Max Lees Classic by a big margin and then his two-year-old season culminated in winning a Sires in impressive fashion which led to Peter Snowden declaring him an ‘elite talent’.”

Strasbourg burst onto the scene with a convincing performance in the 900-metre Newcastle feature race on December 2 before a fast finishing runner-up in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m) 13 days’ later. 

His biggest success came in Brisbane during the Queensland Winter Carnival when taking out the Sires Produce Stakes, a race won previously by superstar stallion Zoustar and champion mare Melody Belle. On that occasion, he defeated Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) who has also been retired to stud this year.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Strasbourg will stand for an introductory fee of $11,000 (inc GST) while a limited number of lifetime breeding rights ($22,000) are also being offered in the rising four-year-old who was an eye-catching yearling who achieved a $750,000 price tag at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Thrilled to introduce such a good looking and sharp two-year-old son of I Am Invincible onto the roster. As a Group 2 winner, he’s the best performed juvenile by I Am Invincible to go to stud in Victoria since Brazen Beau. In fact, he shares the same 2yo Timeform rating as the emerging Darley stallion,” Rosemont Stud General Manager of Bloodstock Ryan McEvoy said yesterday.

He was also placed in the Baillieu Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at two and finished close up behind fellow first season sire, The Everest (1200m) winner Yes Yes Yes (Rubick), in the Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m). 

Strasbourg was retired after 12 starts, with his three-year-old season hampered by bone bruising and other setbacks, and an alliance between China Horse Club and Rosemont Stud came to fruition.

“Hearing how good looking they are is one thing, actually seeing the horse in the flesh is another. As soon as you see Strasbourg you will be booking in. It’s that simple,” said China Horse Club chief operating officer Michael Wallace, who played a key role in selecting Strasbourg as a yearling. 

“We buy a number of horses every year yet this colt stands out as one of the best types we’ve ever purchased. 

“He’s by far the best looking son of I Am Invincible we’ve had involvement in. Not only that, he’s the most precocious of his sons we’ve had through the China Horse Club system given he was a dominant debut winner & stakes performer as a pre-Christmas two-year-old. 

“He’s got an ideal profile and genetic make-up to be a successful stallion. We’re thrilled to partner with an emerging organisation in Rosemont and excited to be supporting the stallion with a number of China Horse Club mares.”

Chine Horse Club and Rosemont Stud have significant broodmare bands and are committed to supporting Strasbourg in his early years at stud.

“We see the partnership with China Horse Club as fundamentally the beginning of a strong relationship going forward,” McEvoy said. 

“They will be supporting the stallion with a number of lovely mares who will reside at Rosemont.”  

“The Invincible Spirit sire line is clearly one of the most desirable in world thoroughbred breeding today,” McEvoy said.

“When you look at Europe and horses like Kingman and Shalaa in such high demand and the fact that I Am Invincible is a sensation down here, one would think that ‘Vinny’ is going to leave a lasting impression as a sire of sires over the next decade.”

B. 2004
GW 5 wins
f:946 r:743 w:583 SW:63
Invincible Spirit
B. 1997
GW 7 wins
f:1891 r:1659 w:1149 SW:131
Green Desert
B. 1983
GW 5 wins
f:1125 r:962 w:644 SW:89
DanzigNorthern Dancer2
Pas de Nom7
Foreign CourierSir Ivor8
Courtly DeeAm.
B. 1987
GW 5 wins
f:15 r:14 w:11 SW:4
KrisSharpen Up5
Doubly Sure2
Border Bounty7
B. 1998
f:11 r:9 w:8 SW:1
Canny Lad
Br. 1987
GW 8 wins
f:1435 r:1168 w:794 SW:55
Jesmond LassLunchtime7
Beautiful Dreamer14
Countess Pedrille
B. 1994
f:8 r:6 w:3
ZoffanyOur Native20
Grey Dawn Girl1
Sister PedrilleCardinal2
Royal Law1
Br. 2008
SP 5 wins
f:2 r:1 w:1 SW:1
Dane Shadow
B. 2001
GW 1 win
f:573 r:521 w:346 SW:10
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2414 r:2083 w:1631 SW:347
DanzigNorthern Dancer2
Pas de Nom7
RazyanaHis Majesty4
Spring Adieu2
Slight Chance
Br. 1989
GW 12 wins
f:8 r:7 w:7 SW:2
Lady AloofSir Godfrey22
Miss Coventry5
Super Snooper
Ch. 1990
SW 4 wins
f:9 r:8 w:8 SW:1
Ch. 1985
GW 14 wins
f:866 r:717 w:510 SW:36
The JudgeShowdown6
SummonedCrowned Prince4
Sweet Life1
Ch. 1975
GW 2 wins
f:10 r:10 w:9 SW:3
TodmanStar Kingdom1
Pedigree (DAM)


1st Dam

Danish Spy, by Dane Shadow. 5 wins from 1200m to 2000m, A$143,620, SAJC Happy 101st Stan Coyle H., Adelaide4Africa H., 2d SAJC Queen of the South S., Gr.2, Adelaide Galvanising H., Tattsbet H., Oakbank RC Alma Hotel Young Members H., 3d SAJC One Toyota H., Irish Race Day H., 4th SAJC RA Lee S., Gr.3, Spring S., Gr.3, Balaklava Cup, L. Half-sister to FOREST SPY. Dam of two named foals, one to race, inc:-

STRASBOURG (c. by I Am Invincible). Subject horse.


2nd Dam

SUPER SNOOPER, by Zeditave. 4 wins-3 at 2-from 1000m to 1600m, A$112,210, MVRC Crown Lager S., L, GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Graduates' H., VATC Windsor 2YO H., 2d VATC La Trobe H. Half-sister to WATCH (dam of OVERCLOCK), AGENT PROVOCATIVE, Adcaris. Dam of 9 named foals, 8 to race, all winners, inc:-

FOREST SPY (Shinko Forest). 8 wins to 1400m, A$328,775, MRC Barton S., L, VRC True Version H., MRC Rawdon H., Amounis H., Runaway Kid H., St Sidwells H., 2d VRC Rock Star Supernova H., 3d MVRC Budget Rent a Car H., MRC Beechcraft H., 4th VRC Chester Manifold S., L.

Danish Spy (Dane Shadow). 5 wins. See above.

Duchess of Oz. Winner at 1200m in South Africa. Dam of-

Mister Gone (Mogok). 4 wins at 1400m, 1600m, R272,385, 2d Arlington St Francis Links H., 3d Fairview East Cape Guineas, L, Cater Inc H., Racing Association H.

Ngala. Unraced. Dam of-

Trudy Tee (Chief Bearhart). 3 wins from 1200m to 1600m, ARC NZ Bloodstock Insurance Triple Crown P., Radio Network H., 2d ARC Cambridge Stud H., 3d Matamata Breeders' S., Gr.2, Avondale JC New Zealand Bloodstock 2YO H., ARC Sun Microsystems H., Avondale JC First Sovereign Trust H. Producer.


3rd Dam

PEEPING, by Todman. 2 wins at 2, VRC Maribyrnong P., Gr.2, AJC Widden S., L, 2d STC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2, AJC Gimcrack S., Gr.3, VRC Byron Moore S., L. Half-sister to Vincenzo, Miss Exec (dam of SNOOPING). Dam of 10 foals, all raced, 9 winners, inc:-

WATCH (Marauding). Winner at 2, AJC Gimcrack S., Gr.3, 3d AJC Highclere H., 4th VRC Maribyrnong P., Gr.2. Dam of-

OVERCLOCK (Xaar). 4 wins from 1800m to 2050m, A$127,850, SAJC Auraria S., Gr.3, MVRC Citywide Services P.H., Chatham H., 4th SAJC Australasian Oaks, Gr.1.

Peek. Unplaced. Dam of-

YIELD CURVE (High Yield). 16 wins from 1350m to 2200m, A$442,650, Toowoomba Cup, L, BRC Coca Cola Amatil H., Macdonald Johnston H., BTC Vermeer Equipment H., QTC Brisbane Racing Club H., Ipswich TC Queensland Times Provincial Cup-twice, 2d BRC Champion Liquor H., NCA Insurance Service Pty Ltd H., Townsville Cup, 3d BRC Gaythorne RSL H., Urban Weddings H., Childhood Cancer Support H., Cisco H., BMAG H., Driver Recruitment H., QTC Sequalo H., BTC O2 Integration 2YO H.

Flash Drive. Unplaced. Dam of-

Lady Kartel (Tavistock). 3 wins at 1200m, 1400m, Manawatu RC Manawatu ITM Building H., 2d Manawatu RC Noel Eales Memorial H., WRC Last Thee Auld Hussie's H., Marton JC Treadwell Gordon H., Wanganui Motors H., 3d Egmont RC Taranaki Breeders S., Gr.3.

Hour. Unraced. Dam of-

Mel (Show a Heart). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, A$103,100, Qld Tatt's RC Hamilton Hotel 2YO H., 2d QTC JF Meynink S., L, Trentham H., 3d BTC Tommy Smith Slipper S., L.

AGENT PROVOCATIVE (Imperial Prince). 6 wins from 1600m to 2600m, A$136,015, Werribee Cup, L, AJC Paddock H., Staff H., Senior Citizens H., 3d AJC Derby, Gr.1, AJC St Leger, Gr.2.

SUPER SNOOPER (Zeditave). 4 wins. See above.

Adcaris (Sir Dapper). 3 wins at 1000m, VATC Gothic H., MVRC Calder H., 2d VATC Malvern H., 3d VATC Barton H., L.


4th Dam

SONNAMBULA, by Wilkes. Placed at 2, 3d AJC Darling Point H. Sister to MERRY MINSTREL. Dam of 10 named foals, 9 to race, 7 winners, inc:-

PEEPING (Todman). 2 wins. See above.

Miss Exec. 2 wins at 1000m, 1300m in Aust. Dam of-

SNOOPING (Luskin Star). 4 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 2200m, A$90,500, WATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.3, Perth S., L, Westside Sporty Bianco Lady Quality S., 2d WATC Kingscote 2YO H., 3d WATC Challenge S., L, Melvista S., L, 4th WATC Fairetha S., L.

Race Record

(in Australia)

At 2 : BRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2 (1400m beating Accession and Garibaldi), Newcastle JC Max Lees 2YO Classic (900m), 2d BRC Champagne Classic, Gr.2 (1200m to Dubious and deadheating with Czarson), ATC (Rosehill) Schweppervescence H., Gr.3 (1400m to Bellevue Hill and beating Fortress Command), ATC (Randwick) Inglis Nursery (R), L (1000m to Accession and beating Namimo)

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