Best On Breeding
Mark Smith - Friday, 7 July 2017

By any measure, I Am Invincible is compiling an incredible set of statistics.

This season alone he is striking at industry leading 63.8% winners to runners while his three-year-olds have hit it out of the park.

No less than 51 of the 67 starters have won equating to an astonishing 76.1%.

The babies have also done their job with 25 of his 54 2yo starters already chalking up at least one win.

One of those was Chris Waller-trained filly Luiza who scored at Randwick at her career debut back in October last year.

Taken down to Melbourne for the rich Inglis Banner at Moonee Vally, Luiza clocked in fourth as a short-priced favourite.


Following a lengthy spell, the daughter of I Am Invincible kicks off her 2017 campaign in Saturday’s TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm.

Luiza (pictured as a yearling) was a $150,000 purchase for Star Thoroughbreds from the Yarraman Park Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

She is a half-sister to 2016 Listed SAJC Cinderella Stakes winner Moshki (Moshe) out of the Zeditave mare Zedski.

Unraced, Zedski is a three-quarter sister to stakes winners Alcove, Viminaria, Eau Savage, Grey Alder and Maritima.  

Alcove was top-class, winning the Group I AJC Oaks, Group I Ansett Australia Stakes and was runner-up in the Caulfield Cup.

Her sire El Qahira was purchased by trainer Tom Hughes for $35,000 as a yearling in New Zealand.

Nothing wrong with his breeding, by the multiple champion Sir Tristram out of the stakes-winning Pakistan mare Pheroz Jewel the granddam of the universally popular Super Impose.

El Qahira was second at Flemington in what proved to be his one and only start. He pulled up lame, went for an operation then went in the wind.

Even in 1987 few breeders interested in a broken-winded son of Sir Tristram.  

El Qahira had 5 five foals in his first crop, 8 in his second, 9 in his third and 14 in his fourth.

One mare that greeted El Qahira in all of his seven seasons at stud was Serrate (Sharp Edge) and she left the stakes winners, Viminaria, Maritima and Grey Alder.

Serrate’s half-sister Brigette (Brigand) was one of 12 mares that visited El Qahira in his third season.

The result was Alcove who was bred by Tom Hughes and trained by Tom Hughes Jnr.

Senior had the misfortune of losing El Qahira after one start, and junior trained Brigette, the daughter of Brigand who he found in her box with a broken pelvis.

So good karma to them, however, sadly, the story does not have the happiest of endings.

When it was belatedly recognised that El Qahira was an exceptional talent, he died on New Year’s Day in 1994 having covered a career high 111 mares the previous year. 

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