The sustained run of success being enjoyed by superstar sire Invincible Spirit continued at the weekend with the champion son of Green Desert being responsible for two more important 2YO Group winners.
Ajaya and Shalaa took their sire Invincible Spirit’s tally of black-type winners this year alone, to fourteen and his overall stakes winners tally to ninety-five.
On Saturday at York in England Ajaya built on the promise of his close second in the Gr.2 Maisons-Laffitte Prix Robert Papin last time out with a fluent victory in the Gr.2 Gimcrack Stakes.
The following day in France it was the turn of Shalaa to confirm his position at the head of the European 2YO division when winning his fourth race on the bounce, and third consecutive Group race, in the Gr.1 Deauville Prix Morny.
Shalaa’s success took the number of Invincible Spirit’s elite level (Gr.1) winners to twelve.
Shalaa is out of the Group placed racemare Ghurra who has been confirmed in foal to Charm Spirit, the triple Gr.1-winning son of Invincible Spirit shortly to commence southern hemisphere stud duties at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge.
Shalaa is not the first of Invincible Spirit's progeny to excel in France, and indeed many of his top-flight winners have struck in the country.
Charm Spirit won the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat and Gr.1 Prix du Moulin there; Kingman's Gr. 1 haul included the Prix Jacques le Marois; Lawman scored in the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club and Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat; Moonlight Cloud won six top-level races in France; and Territories landed this season's Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat.
Unsurprisingly, offerings by Invincible Spirit were popular at last week's Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville, with a colt sold to Al Shahania Stud for €1.4 million and a three-parts brother to Most Improved sold to Shadwell for €700,000.
Invincible Spirit stood at a fee of €100,000 at the Irish National Stud this year.