Invader wins the 2017 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes

April 1st, 2017

Flashy colt Invader is a good chance to head to the Champagne Stakes after scoring a brilliant win in the 2017 Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on the first day of ‘The Championships’ today.

Invader, above, scores a brilliant win in the Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Invader, above, scores a brilliant win in the Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Invader was having his first run for a four weeks after missing a start in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill two weeks ago because of a stone bruise and co-trainer Peter Snowden said he would see how the Snitzel colt pulls up before committing him to a start in the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 15.

“As long as he pulls up well will head to Champagne. He is tough,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.

Snowden said that missing a hard run in the Golden Slipper might have been a blessing as he thought the 1400m of the Sires’ Produce was a more suitable distance and he was quick to praise winning jockey Hugh Bowman for another first class ride.

“It might have worked out for the better. He was always looking for 1400m,” Snowden said.

“What a peach of a ride.”

Bowman was able to settle Invader ($8) midfield before finding clear space in the straight for the Snitzel colt to wind up and score a convincing win in the end over Summer Passage ($16) and Trapeze Artist ($17).

Tommy Berry settled race favourite Frolic ($3.80) near the tail of the field and scouted wide on the home turn but the Michael Freedman trained filly failed to run on in the straight and was well of out the placings.

Invader’s win in the Sires’ Produce today was the second for the father and son training partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden after they combined to win in 2015 with Pride Of Dubai while Peter Snowden had produced Guelph in 2013 and Helmet in 2011 to win prior to that as the head trainer for Darley.