Spendthrift Australia’s I Am Invincible colt Overshare has affirmed himself as an attractive future stallion after adding Group success to his resume by claiming the Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield.
Spendthrift Australia’s General Manager Garry Cuddy was delighted that the colt could showcase his class in a quality field on one of Australia’s biggest days in racing.
“It was fantastic that he was able to get the job done this time. He had no luck first-up in the Manfred Stakes, where he was stuck wide and only just beaten by a smart horse in Cliff’s Edge,” Cuddy said.
“Winning races like these make him an exciting stallion prospect for the farm.”
Over the next month, there are a few options for the talented colt, however, Cuddy is happy to leave the decisions to the experts.
“The Hawkes stable does a great job for us, and where he heads to next will be up to the stable. John (Hawkes) is a Hall of Fame trainer, I’m not! So I’m sure he will find something to suit over the next couple of weeks and be in touch when he has a plan.” Cuddy said.
Having won the Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley back in August last year, Overshare now advances his record to 3 wins and 1 second from 9 starts with earnings of $246,450.
A $320,000 Inglis Easter Sale purchase for Spendthrift Australia, Overshare is the first winner for Group 3 placed Redoute’s Choice mare Savannah’s Choice. The dam is a half-sister to Champion Japanese 3YO Filly Cesario, the dam of Japan Cup winner Epiphania and the 2015 Champion 2YO Japanese Colt Leontes.
“We found him at the Easter sale, hidden away down the back corner of Barn 2 in the Victoria Park draft of two horses. We just loved him and kept going back to see him. Our Farm Manager, Grant Burrill and I couldn’t get enough of him,” Cuddy said.
“He was an A-plus physical type, and I think that we were lucky that he was hidden away, so were able to secure him for the $320,000 we paid.
“Since then, I Am Invincible has gone to a new level, and you could argue that this horse physically in the last few months has even gone to an A-double plus.”
Spendthrift has already tasted success in the yearling market, by successfully purchasing the sire son of Redoute’s Choice, Swear.
Debuting last breeding season, Swear was a $725,000 yearling purchase who went on to win the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality, runner-up to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes, and a gallant 5th in the Group 1 VRC Derby.
Spendthrift Australia has now been based in Kerrie about 50 kilometers north west of Melbourne for the last three years.
“The fencing has not stopped, we are still installing the brand-new Kentucky style four board post and rail fencing, and we are now doing the stallion runs. It is a massive job, but it is exciting to see it all come together as it’s been a vision that Grant and I have shared since he came on board,” Cuddy said.
At the Inglis Premier sales this week, Spendthrift has six first crop yearlings from their stallions catalogued, including three lovely Hampton Court fillies, across six separate drafts.
“We like to share the love amongst the vendors and spread them around. Mr (B Wayne) Hughes (owner of Spendthrift) believes it is important that we support the people that are supporting us,” Cuddy said.
“The people that are selling for us have been our biggest supporters over the first few years of the business and hopefully they can continue to be in the years to come. We want them to get good results, as that means good results for us, so it is a win-win for all.
“Rushton Park will be selling our Into Mischief colt, Lot 172 out of American mare Supermoon, while our Redoute’s Choice x Savsbelle filly as Lot 62, is being offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds.
“The Hampton Court fillies are with Yarran Thoroughbreds, Phoenix Broodmare Farm and Golden Grove Stud, while Moorookyle Park has Lot 161, our Malibu Moon colt from USA mare, Stars To Shine.”