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In their sire's image: Part 3 - Pariah and Invader

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In the third part of our series in stallions with their first crops at next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, we chat to Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer about selling both Pariah and Invader as yearlings in 2016.

Cover image courtesy of Arrowfield Stud

Pariah and Invader were both highly sought-after yearlings who were able to convert that promise into success on the racetrack, and then careers in the stallion barn, Pariah with his breeders at Arrowfield and Invader with Aquis.

While they were both from the Redoute's Choice-line, Pariah being by the stallion himself and Invader by his now four-time Champion sire son Snitzel and were both out of very strong female families, as horses they were quite different physically.

Starting their days together at Arrowfield and ending up as stablemates at the Snowden stable, they met on the racetrack just once, with Pariah running second in the 2017 G2 Run to the Rose, where Invader ran seventh, with just over 5l separating them.

But on overall race record, it was Invader who got the nod, winning the G1 Inglis Sires' Produce, while Pariah was a dual Group 3 winner. Both were retired at the end of their 3-year-old seasons with Invader starting out his stud career at a fee of $27,500 (inc GST), while Pariah's starting point was $22,000 (inc GST). Both had similar-sized books in their first year, Invader with 156 and Pariah 143.

Pariah's pedigree was a substantial boost to his stallion credentials, being a three-quarter brother to Group 1 mare Melito (Redoute's Choice), with his second dam, Cloister (Marauding {NZ}), a Listed juvenile winner.

Pariah when selling as a yearling | Image courtesy of Arrowfield Stud

Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer said expectations were high when Melito's half-sister Secluded (Hussonet {USA}) got in foal for the first time to Redoute's Choice.

"He was a standout foal on the farm," Freyer said of Pariah. "His mother was a mare that we rated very highly and she was beautifully bred obviously. We were all very excited to see what she might produce and he was a stunning foal and he was a stunning yearling.

"Both the sales companies inspected him and he eventually went to Easter. He was a real standout yearling. The perfect first foal from a high-class mare."

"He was a real standout yearling. The perfect first foal from a high-class mare." - Jon Freyer

It was bloodstock agent James Harron who won the bidding for him in the sales ring, paying $700,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Freyer said one of the things that appealed to prospective buyers about Pariah was his temperament, and that's something that he seems to have passed on to his progeny.

"It was no surprise that he was a very good 2-year-old and an outstanding horse," he said.

"He was very workmanlike in everything that he did. We are seeing that in his progeny. They are easy to handle and they have good temperaments. That's certainly something that Redoute's Choice offspring are generally known for. That's true right back to Danehill, those wonderful temperaments."

Jon Freyer, John Muir and Paul Messara

Leaving a stamp

Given the support which Arrowfield and its key clients have shown in Pariah in his three years so far at stud, Freyer has been in a great position to assess his early progeny and compare them to their sire.

"We feel that they’ve got great muscle to them, great strength, wonderful shoulders and a lot of depth, which is something that he was recognised for. I'm seeing a lot those traits in his offspring," he said.

"We feel that they’ve got great muscle to them, great strength, wonderful shoulders and a lot of depth." - Jon Freyer

There are 28 of Pariah's first crop catalogued at next week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, with Arrowfield offering six of them. Freyer feels they are well suited to the expectations of Gold Coast yearlings to be forward and likely 2-year-old types.

"I would have thought they'd be precocious. They are big, strong horses and I think they will be well suited to the Magic Millions market. I think people are going to look at them and see them as early comers, they certainly appear that way," he said.

"We’ve got some very nice horses up there. They are the type of horses that are well suited to that market. I think they are high-quality yearlings."

Pariah | Standing at Arrowfield Stud

Invader the pocket dynamo

When Arrowfield presented Invader for sale five years ago on behalf of his breeder Michael Pitt at the Gold Coast, Freyer admitted he didn't 'tick all the boxes' of a typical Magic Millions horse on the surface, but he made the right impression on further inspection.

"He was not a big horse at all, but he was a very good-moving horse, full of quality, and just had a beautiful head and a lovely depth to him. He didn't have size, but big horses aren't the answer to all prayers," he said.

"He (Invader) was a very good-moving horse, full of quality, and just had a beautiful head and a lovely depth to him." - Jon Freyer

"That year we sold Invader at Magic Millions and Gunnison at Easter. They were probably two of the smallest horses we sold that year and they went on to quinella the Todman. Both were high-class horses which proved size isn't everything.

"Invader was a horse we liked a lot. He sold well. He was a top-class horse that went early as well."

It was China Horse Club, through Michael Wallace, which secured the son of Snitzel. It took $475,000 to purchase a colt that would become a Group 1 winner in their colours some 15 months later when producing a powerful finish under Hugh Bowman in the Inglis Sires' at Randwick.

Invader as a yearling

He too boasted a stallion's pedigree, being out of Listed-winning Encosta De Lago mare Flame Of Sydney, who also produced a multiple Group winner in Hong Kong in Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas {Ire}). His second dam, the stakes-placed Flame Of Atlanta (Clay Hero), was a sister to Listed winner Wry Hero and half-sister to multiple Group winner What Can I Say (NZ) (Khozaam {USA}).

After his successful racetrack career, Invader was secured by Aquis in partnership with Phoenix Thoroughbreds to stand at Aquis' Hunter Valley property. He has been well supported with books of 156, 111 and 109 in his first three seasons.

Of his first crop of 84 foals, 15 are catalogued at the Gold Coast for sale next week, across 12 different vendors. While Arrowfield won't be offering any of his progeny at the Sale, Freyer has been impressed by what he has seen of his first crop.

"I think he's a good chance, Invader. When they are Group 1-winning 2-year-olds with really good pedigrees, being out of an Encosta mare and having that good blood behind him, it helps. He's throwing nice types and you'd have to say he is a good chance of making a mark," he said.

Invader | Standing at Aquis Farm