One of the things that analysts look for when assessing the potential of any prospective stallion is the presence of other stallions in his family. Are there any? Were they any good? Are there reasons why some might have disappointed? Or have one or more of them being a notable success?
When Invincible Spirit began his career he could boast of being a Group 1-winning son of Green Desert (by Danzig) and of the classic star Rafha (by Kris), a mare whose dam was a half-sister to the classic-placed pattern winner and leading sire Pitcairn (by Petingo).
Those credentials augured well for his prospects and, although he looked like a horse who could do well in his new role, it is fair to say that the Irish National Stud's flag bearer has exceeded expectations. He is also showing signs of leaving a lasting impact via his stallion sons and broodmare daughters.
Rafha's five blacktype offspring also include the Group 3-placed Kodiac (by Danehill), a Tally-Ho Stud stallion who has worked his way up through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after sires and he too has a growing number of sons going to stud.
Al Anood (by Danehill) is a stakes-placed half-sister to Rafha and to Chiang Mai (by Sadler's Wells), the pattern-winning dam of Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Chinese White (by Dalakhani). She is, therefore, very closely related to Invincible Spirit, she could be described as being a three-parts sister to Kodiac, and so that makes her dual Group 1-winning son Pride Of Dubai one of the most eye-catching new additions to the European stallion ranks for 2017.
Coolmore Stud's shuttler got his Group 1 wins over six and seven furlongs in Australia as a two-year-old, he was short-headed by Of The Brave in a Group 3 contest over five and a half furlongs, and he is a son of Street Cry (by Machiavellian), the late champion sire whose stallion sons include Shocking, Street Boss, Street Hero and Street Sense.
PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) – b.2012 – Street Cry – Al Anood, 2 wins inc Sires Produce Stakes (Gr1), Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr1), 2nd Blue Diamond Prelude (Gr3). Sire in Australia & Ireland. First northern hemisphere foals in 2018.
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