SUN STUD, Victoria’s premier stallion farm, will field an 11-strong roster for the 2018 breeding season, which includes exciting newcomers NATIONAL DEFENSE and THRONUM. A Champion 2YO in Europe, National Defense won his maiden by 6 lengths before capturing the Group One Prix Lagardere in a canter (4.5 lengths) and is currently working his way through an outstanding book of mares at the Irish National Stud. Importantly, National Defense is by Invincible Spirit, whose sire sons in Australia include the all-conquering I Am Invincible.
Thronum, a Lindsay Park trained son of Snitzel, won his first two races as a 2YO, then first up at three in the Listed Rosebud Stakes and, in January, led throughout to win the Group Two Australian Stakes. At his most recent outing, Thronum finished a narrow second in the Group One William Reid Stakes.