National Defense Overview
One of the elite 2YOs of his generation, NATIONAL DEFENSE is an exciting addition to Sun Stud, Victoria’s premier stallion lineup, this spring.
National Defense’s immense talent was evident right out of the gates with the Invincible Spirit colt winning on debut by an ever widening six lengths and would follow up with a four and a half length demolition in the prestigious Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly.
Fittingly, National Defense would be named French Champion 2YO and accorded a Timeform rating of 118 – placing him just below European Champion, Churchill and above unbeaten 2YO and 3-time Group One winner, Caravaggio.
National Defense certainly caught the eye of prominent French stud manager, Henri Bozo who enthused: “National Defense is attractive, very well balanced and a great mover with lots of speed and energy.”
A tremendous athlete, National Defense is by the leading European sire, Invincible Spirit, whose 108 stakes winners including boom stallion, I Am Invincible and leading New Zealand First Season Sire, Charm Spirit.
After retiring from the track last year, National Defense covered a book of outstanding mares at the famous Irish National Stud before heading to Australia.
The Irish National Stud’s CEO, Cathal Beale, believes the stallion has a highly promising future in the breeding shed: “He is a beautifully made individual and moulded with the same individual strength of his sire, which is a huge plus given that Invincible Spirit has sired well over 100 stakes winners from his Irish National Stud base.
“We’ve been looking for a Champion 2YO by Invincible Spirit and we believe National Defense is definitely the chosen son.”
National Defense will cover his first book of Australian mares at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST and, as with all Sun Stud stallions, there is no payment until your mare has produced a live foal.
National Defense Pedigree
|INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE)|
|GREEN DESERT (USA)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|FOREIGN COURIER |
|ANGEL FALLS (GB)|
|MR. PROSPECTOR |
|RAISE A NATIVE|
|ANNA PALARIVA (IRE)|
|ANNA OF SAXONY |
National Defense News
National Defense Wins Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc LagardereTue, 4 Oct 2016
At Chantilly in France, former European Champion 1st Season Sire & shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) celebrated an elite success when 2YO colt National Defense (Invincible Spirit-Angel Falls, by Kingmambo) romped home by 4.5 lengths for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek in the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (8 furlongs), over fellow 2YO colts Salouen (Canford Cliffs-Gali Gal, by Galileo) & Whitecliffsofdover (War Front-Orate, by A.P. Indy). National Defense improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 Prix des Chenes) from 3 starts for £224,490 earnings.