Invincible Spirit (Ire), who was this year represented by new Group 1 winners Nazeef (Ire) and Digital Age (Ire), once again leads the stallion roster at the Irish National Stud and will be priced at €80,000 in 2021. The 23-year-old is down from €100,000 this year, with the entire roster at the Kildare nursery taking fee cuts in the midst of a difficult economic climate.
Invincible Spirit's eight stakes winners in 2020 were led by the aforementioned Nazeef, winner of the G1 Falmouth S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. as well as Royal Ascot's G2 Duke Of Cambridge S. Digital Age won the GI Turf Classic S. in the U.S., while Make A Challenge (Ire) was among the top sprinters in Ireland.
G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain (Ire) was introduced at the Irish National Stud last year at €15,000, covering 148 mares, and the highest-rated son of Lope De Vega (Ire) is available this year for €12,500.
The well-bred Group 1 winner Free Eagle (Ire) was this year represented by the high-class Khalifa Sat (Ire), winner of the Listed Cocked Hat S. and second in the G1 Epsom Derby, and the son of High Chaparral (Ire) will stand for €8,000 in 2021.
Group 1 winners Decorated Knight (GB) and National Defense (Ire) will both be represented by their first runners next year, and will stand for €7,500 and €5,000, respectively.
The Irish National Stud's new recruit for 2021 is Equiano (Fr), and the sire of two Group 1 winners and 29 stakes performers will stand for €3,000. Rounding out the roster are Elusive Pimpernel (Ire) (€2,500) and Dragon Pulse (Ire) (€2,000). Equiano, Elusive Pimpernel and Dragon Pulse's fees are all due in advance of covering.