A big crowd headed to Yarraman Park on Friday to see sire sensation I Am Invincible and his son Hellbent.
Yarraman Park director Harry Mitchell told TDN Aus NZ that he was thrilled with the turnout.
“I think we had our biggest crowd we’ve had for a parade,” he said. “I’m not sure of the exact number, but I reckon it would have been around 300. "
“Considering we have only the two stallions and no new stallions on our roster this year, that’s a great result and we were delighted. "
“Considering we have only the two stallions and no new stallions on our roster this year, that’s a great result and we were delighted. " - Harry Mitchell
“With everything that I Am Invincible has done, he’s certainly a massive drawcard and there was a huge amount of interest in him.”
I Am Invincible began his career on an $11,000 service fee in 2010. That grew to $55,000 in 2015, $110,000 in 2017, $192,500 last year and $247,500 for the 2019 breeding season.
I Am Invincible broke a record during the 2018-19 season with 28 individual stakes winners in Australia, beating the previous mark of 26 set by Snitzel and Danehill (USA).
Overall, I Am Invincible has sired 420 winners from 560 runners, 47 of them at stakes level including eight Group 1.
His barn mate at Yarraman Park is his Group 1-winning son Hellbent, who began his stud career last season and stands for a fee of $27,500.
Hellbent won seven races including the William Reid S., and he also picked up Group 1 placings in the William Reid S. and Oakleigh Plate.
“A lot of people at the parade commented that Hellbent had really let down well,” Mitchell said.
“His first foals are arriving this spring. There have been 10 or more born already, and all of them are bay, so at this stage it looks like he’s a bay dominant sire, just like his father and grandfather. “
"He’s already booked out for this season, so it’s a very exciting time.”