Success in one or other of the leading 2yo sprints often translates into substantial success as a stallion, as the likes of Oasis Dream, Dark Angel, Dutch Art, Showcasing, Mastercraftsman, Zoffany and No Nay Never have shown in recent years. Ivawood was an easy winner of two of these prestigious juvenile races – the Gr.2 July Stakes and Gr.2 Richmond Stakes – and he went within a nose of winning the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes.
This grandson of Invincible Spirit showed that he was more than just a precocious juvenile by finishing third to Gleneagles in both the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. In being placed in the 2,000 Guineas he followed in the footsteps of his great-grandsire Green Desert, another July Stakes winner who has proved enormously influential as a stallion.
Ivawood is such a good-looking individual that he cost 220,000gns as a yearling, even though he was conceived at a fee of only €5,000. He also has some impressive bloodlines. His second dam Kinnaird won the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes at two and the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera at four. In addition to Ivawood’s winning dam Keenes Royale, Kinnaird is the dam of Berkshire, a Group-winning miler at two and three.
DANZIG will be back in the fifth generation of Ivawood’s foals, which opens the door to the many mares from this male line. Invincible Spirit’s top-class son Shalaa and his very smart sprinter Muthmir are inbred 3x3 to DANZIG, while the top Australian sprinter Brazen Beau, by a son of Invincible Spirit, is inbred 4x3. Ivawood has the potential to thrive with mares by fast sons and grandsons of DANEHILL, such as CHOISIR, CLODOVIL, DANEHILL DANCER, DANETIME, EXCEED AND EXCEL, FASTNET ROCK, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, MOZART and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Daughters of KODIAC could be especially interesting, as they create 4x3 to Kris’s Prix de Diane winner Rafha.
Ivawood’s sire Zebedee had a 2017 Gr.2 2yo winner inbred 3x3 to GREEN DESERT. This colt, Barraquero is out of an OASIS DREAM mare. This also opens the door to daughters of CAPE CROSS (which create 4x3 to Green Desert and 5x4 to Ahonoora) and DESERT STYLE.
Ivawood’s grandsire Invincible Spirit is one of two sons of Green Desert which have sired a pair of Gr.1 winners from MACHIAVELLIAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of GULCH, KINGMAMBO, SEEKING THE GOLD and ZAMINDAR. Ivawood could suit mares by Machiavellian’s son MEDICEAN, broodmare sire of Invincible Spirit’s smart daughter Local Time. Other options are daughters of LOPE DE VEGA (inbred 3x3 to Machiavellian) or mares by DARK ANGEL (out of a Machiavellian mare). KING’S BEST mares also appeal. Dark Angel creates 5x5 to AHONOORA.
Ivawood’s family has produced a Gr.3 winner to DUBAWI.
The AHONOORA line is likely to be an effective means of reinforcing Ivawood’s juvenile talent. Invincible Spirit has a tremendous 15% stakes winners with his 46 foals out of INDIAN RIDGE mares, with Profitable, Swiss Spirit and Tickled Pink among his seven stakes winners. Invincible Spirit’s son Lawman has Gr.3 winners out of daughters of INCHINOR and INDIAN RIDGE. COMPTON PLACE, a son of INDIAN RIDGE, sired the Irish 2,000 Guineas second Shifting Power from Ivawood’s family.
Another option would be mares by ACCLAMATION, who is out of a fast AHONOORA mare. Invincible Spirit sired the 2018 Commonwealth Cup winner Eqtidaar from an ACCLAMATION mare and his sons have several talented performers out of mares by Acclamation’s sire ROYALAPPLAUSE. Ivawood has already sired a 105,000gns first crop foal out of a ROYAL APPLAUSE mare.
Ivawood’s sire Zebedee sired the very useful 2018 Listed winning 2yo Barbill from a MONTJEU mare. Invincible Spirit has Group winners out of daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, MONTJEU and GALILEO, while sons of Invincible Spirit have Group winners with dams by SADLER’S WELLS, MONTJEU and TEOFILO. Ivawood has a €60,000 first-crop filly out of a GALILEO mare.
Mares from the NUREYEV line could also suit, in view of Invincible Spirit’s fine record with mares by PIVOTAL and FASLIYEV. Daughters of KYLLACHY are another option. PEINTRE CELEBRE sired a good winner from Ivawood’s family in the form of the smart Salford Mill, who became a top winner in Hong Kong as Helene Mascot.
Plenty of Invincible Spirit’s Group winners have pedigrees containing NIJINSKY, via the likes of KINGS LAKE, GREEN DANCER, ROYAL ACADEMY and CAERLEON.
Sons of Invincible Spirit have Group winners out of grand-daughters of STORM CAT, by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and TALE OF THE CAT. Mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND and SHAMARDAL could help Ivawood sire good 2yos, with SHAMARDAL having the added appeal of being out of a MACHIAVELLIAN mare.
The BLUSHING GROOM line demands respect. Lawman has two Gr.1 winners with dams by RAINBOW QUEST, while Invincible Spirit’s Prix Maurice de Gheest winners Moolight Cloud and Signs of Blessing respectively have a dam by SPECTRUM and a second dam by NASHWAN.
A son of Invincible Spirit has two Group winners out of LINAMIX mares.
Ivawood’s sire, the very fast and precocious Zebedee, has also sired the smart sprinter Magical Memory from a CADEAUX GENEREUX mare.