STRASBOURG - Stallion
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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.”
|Invincible Spirit||Green Desert|
|I Am Invincible||Cannarelle||Canny Lad|
|Danish Spy||Dane Shadow||Danehill|
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