Stallion Watch

12 for Air Force Blue

New first season sire winners

Air Force Blue 

First season sire Air Force Blue (War Front) recorded his 12th individual winner on Wednesday when Ablah (2 f ex Here Comes Lucinda by Dixieland Band) landed a six-furlong nursery on Dundalk’s all-weather track. Air Force Blue, who has his first two-year-olds in Australia this season, will stand for a fee of US$10,000 (approx AUD$14,000) at Coolmore America in 2021. 


Haunui Farm shuttler Belardo (Lope De Vega) sired his 12th individual winner when Gold Family (2 f ex Modern Family by Excellent Art) made a successful debut over 1300 metres at Chantilly on Friday. The newcomer edged out We Get By (Brazen Beau) by a neck, with Allez Burrows (Goken) another length and three-quarters away in third. Belardo, who has sired Group winner Isabella Giles, Lullaby Moon and Elysium in the northern hemisphere, stands this season for NZ$10,000 (+GST).


Bobby’s Kitten
Former Twin Hills Stud shuttler Bobby’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) sired his tenth individual winner when Illustrator (2 c ex Amelia May by Dansili) took out a seven-furlong novice event on Newcastle’s floodlit card on Friday evening. The James Tate-trained juvenile just edged out Super Over (Pearl Secret) by a short head, with Night Force (Dark Angel) four and a quarter lengths away in third. Bobby’s Kitten now permanently resides at Lanwades Stud in England, where he stood for a fee of £8,000 (approx AUD$14,500) in 2020.


Star Turn

Vinery Stud’s freshman sire Star Turn (Star Witness) registered his first winner with just his sixth starter on Saturday when Miss Hipstar (2 f ex Single Style by Not A Single Doubt) scored at Doomben. Purchased for $150,000 from the Vinery draft at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Miss Hipstar is the third foal – and the third winner – out of Keith Mackay Handicap (Listed, 1200m) victor Single Style (Not A Single Doubt), while her best performer so far is Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) runner-up Still Single (More Than Ready). Star Turn stands at Vinery for $16,500 (inc GST) this year. 


New Group/Grade 1 winners


Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Australia (Galileo) celebrated his second individual elite-level winner when his son Order Of Australia (3 c ex Senta’s Dream by Danehill) led home an incredible clean sweep for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Gr 1, 1m) at Keeneland on Saturday. Now the winner of three of his eight starts, Order Of Australia was bred by O’Brien’s wife Annemarie out of Senta’s Dream (Danehill), making him a half-brother to Iridessa (Ruler Of The World), who landed the Filly & Mare Turf (Gr 1, 10f) 12 months ago for Joseph O’Brien. Australia stood at Coolmore’s base in Ireland for a fee of €27,500 (approx. AUD$45,000) in 2020.



Lightly-raced dual Listed scorer Sunny Queen (3 f ex Suivi by Darshaan) stepped forward from her last-start Group 3 second at Hanover for an elite-level victory in the Grosser Preis Von Bayern (Gr 1, 2400m) at Munich on Sunday. The Henk Grewe-trained three-year old has now won three times from six starts and became the seventh top-level winner for her sire Camelot (Montjeu). Camelot, who is also the sire of Group 1 winners Latrobe, Russian Camelot and recent Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner Sir Dragonet, stands at Coolmore in Fethard where his 2020 fee was €40,000 (approx. AUD$65,500).


Declaration Of War

Former Coolmore stallion Declaration Of War (War Front) brought up his seventh Group or Grade 1 winner on Friday as Fire At Will (2 c ex Flirt by Kitten’s Joy) scored an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr 1, 9f) at Keeneland. The Mike Maker-prepared Fire At Will was among the outsiders for the contest, despite having won two graded stakes races in New York leading into the seasonal feature. However, he produced a terrific effort to score by three lengths over Irish raider Battleground (War Front), the first foal out of Breeders’ Cup Turf (Gr 1, 12f) and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) heroine Found (Galileo); Outadore (Outwork) was third. Declaration Of War now stands at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan.


Fastnet Rock

Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock (Danehill) brought up his 40th Group 1 winner and his 162nd individual stakes victor on Thursday as Personal (3 f ex Personify by Galileo), sporting the Coolmore navy blue, took out the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) at Flemington. Fastnet Rock stands for $165,000 (inc GST) this season.


Lope De Vega

Ballylinch Stud’s Lope De Vega (Shamardal) brought up his 12th Group or Grade 1 winner on Friday when Aunt Pearl (2 f ex Matauri Pearl by Hurricane Run) was simply dominant to take the spoils in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Gr 1, 9f). The Brad Cox-trained Aunt Pearl led from pillar to post under Florent Geroux to defeat Irish fillies Mother Earth (Zoffany) and Miss Amulet (Sir Prancealot), both who backed up Group 1 placings at Newmarket at the start prior. Lope De Vega stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland where his 2020 fee was €100,000 (approx. AUD$164,000). 


Sacred Falls

The late Sacred Falls (O’Reilly) produced his first Group 1 winner on Saturday when Aegon (3 g ex Toss Up by Zabeel) followed in his footsteps by taking out the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m). Aegon defeated Bourbonaire (Darci Brahma) by a nose with a length and a quarter to Marine (Ocean Park) in third. Sacred Falls died at Waikato Stud last year having served five seasons.



Darley’s Teofilo (Galileo) sired his second Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner and his 21st individual elitelevel victor when Twilight Payment (8 g ex Dream On Buddy by Oasis Dream) made virtually all under Jye McNeil for a famous Flemington success on Tuesday. The win capped off a memorable spell for Teofilo, who sired three Group 1 winners in ten days, following the recent exploits of Gear Up and Subjectivist in France. Twilight Payment is the second foal out of the winning mare Dream On Buddy (Oasis Dream), who herself is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Banimpire (Holy Roman Emperor) out of a Listed winning granddaughter of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Detroit (Riverman), the dam of fellow Arc winner Carnegie (Sadler’s Wells). Teofilo stood at Kildangan Stud in Ireland for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AUD$66,225) in 2021.


New stakes winners

All American

Geisel Park Stud resident All American (Red Ransom) sired his sixth individual stakes winner when Kallaroo (3 g ex Kamballie by Blackfriars) got the better of Western Empire (Iffraaj) and First Law (Dalghar) to land Saturday’s Fairetha Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Ascot. The Daniel Morton-trained gelding, who was making his stakes race debut, has now been successful on two of his eight starts.  All American stands for a fee of $6,600 (including GST).



Haras du Quesnay resident Anodin (Anabaa) sired his fifth individual stakes winner when Hayzum (3 f ex Sheema by Teofilo) posted a well deserved victory in Friday’s Grand Prix du Nord (Listed, 2000m) at Chantilly. Having twice finished second in similar grade recently, the Elias Mikhalides-trained Group 1 performer was winning for the third time in nine starts when beating Shalamba (Zoffany) by five and a half lengths. Now We Know (Kendargent) was a neck further back in third. Anodin stood for a fee of €12,000 (approx. AUD$19,625) in 2020.


Blu Air Force 

Placed twice in Group company previously, five-year-old Fulminix (5 h ex Miss Manouche by Peintre Celebre) broke through to take the Premio Ribot Loreto Luciani (Gr 3, 1600m) at Rome on Sunday for Endo Botti and became the tenth individual stakes winner for his sire Blu Air Force (Sri Pekan). Blu Air Force, a 23-year-old, is a champion sire in Italy and stands at Azienda Agricola Luciani.


Candy Ride

Royal Flag (4 f ex Sea Gull by Mineshaft) brought up Candy Ride’s (Ride The Rails) 94th individual stakes winner when taking out the Turnback The Alarm Handicap (Gr 3, 9f) at Aqueduct on Saturday. The Chad Brown-trained Royal Flag ran out an impressive two and a quarter length winner of the fillies and mares handicap, defeating Mrs. Orb (Orb) into second, with another of Candy Ride’s progenry, Nonna Madeline, a further one and a half lengths back in third. The Argentinian-bred Candy Ride has had 16 Group/Grade 1 winners since entering stud in 2005. He currently stands at Lane’s End, Kentucky and his fee for 2021 is US$75,000 (approx AUD$103,300). 


Charm Spirit 

Windsor Park’s shuttler Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) sired his ninth individual stakes winner when Sansom (4 g ex Bryony by Fastnet Rock) made all the running to take out Saturday’s Chatham Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Flemington. A trip to the Gold Coast for a tilt at the Magic Millions Cup (RL, 1400m) in January is now on the agenda for Sansom who is the first foal out of the winning mare Bryony (Fastnet Rock), a full sister to Group 1 winner Heroic Valour and three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Triple Honour (Honours List). Charm Spirit is standing for an undisclosed fee this year.



Heavenly Curlin (3 f ex Taste Of Heaven) demolished her rivals in the Maple Leaf Stakes (Gr 3, 10f) on the Tapeta at Woodbine on Saturday, earning Curlin (Smart Strike) his 72nd individual stakes winner. Heavenly Curlin is out of Taste Of Heaven (Encosta De Lago), the youngest half-sister to Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), Platinum Scissors (Danehill) and Sliding Cube (Rock Of Gibraltar) and a sister to Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago) and Echoes Of Heaven (Encosta De Lago). After beginning his career at Lane’s End, Curlin is now based at John Sikura’s Hill ‘N Dale Farms. He had a stud fee of US$175,000 (approx AUD$241,110) in 2020. 


Daiwa Major

Shadai Stallion Station’s Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) brought up his 37th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Mondreise (2 c ex Moonglow by Nayef) took out the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Tokyo. Sent out as second favourite, the Mikio Matsunaga-trained Mondreise scored by a neck over Lord Max (Deep Impact) with a further neck back to Yngvi (Musee Sultan) in third. Daiwa Major stood at a fee of 6 million yen (approx. AUD$80,000) this year.


Exceed and Excel

Darley’s Exceed And Excel (Danehill) brought up his 178th stakes winner on Friday night at Dundalk when the recently purchased Harry’s Bar (5 g ex Firenze by Efisio) took out the Belgrave Stakes (Listed, 6f), leading home a one-two for trainer Adrian McGuinness. Harry’s Bar, who was purchased by owners Shamrock Thoroughbreds for 75,000 gns (approx. AUD$142,500) at the previous week’s Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale, scored a first stakes win at start number 21. Exceed And Excel is standing at Darley Kelvinside for $132,000 (inc GST) this season.



Galova (3 f ex Nicole by Dashing Blade) took out the Prix Isola Bella (Listed, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday to earn her second career success and provide her sire Galiway (Galileo) with a fourth individual stakes winner. Galiway stood at Haras de Colleville in France for a fee of €10,000 (approx AUD$ 16,420) in 2020. 



Former Archie Watson-trained juvenile Captain Magnum (2 c ex Natural Appeal by Dark Angel), who was sold at Tattersalls in August for 17,000gns by Aguiar Bloodstock, sprung a surprise having only broken his maiden at Milan at the end of September to land the Premio Divino Amore (Listed, 1000m) at Rome on Sunday for Luciano Vitabile. Seeing off the favourite Live On Stage (Cable Bay) by half a length, Captain Magnum became the 64th stakes winner for his sire Kodiac (Danehill), who stands at Tally-Ho Stud where his 2020 fee was 65,000 (approx. AUD$106,350).


Polish Volzano

Fresh from his St Leger (3000m) victory in Switzerland last month, Sir Polski (3 c ex Sweet Montana by Lando) claimed his fourth win from eight starts and his first black type success in Saturday’s St Leger Italiano (Gr 3, 3000m) at Milan. The Henk Grewe-trained colt became the first individual stakes winner for his sire Polish Volzano (Lomitas), who has only been represented by one other runner to date. Polish Volzano, winner of the 2013 Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Gr 3, 2000m), stood at Gestut Idee, who also bred the winner, for a fee of just €800 (approx. AUD$1300) in 2020.


Rich Enuff

Woodside Park Stud’s second season sire Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) brought up his second individual stakes winner at Flemington on Thursday when Dosh (2 f ex Raise Up by Shovhog) proved too good despite racing greenly in the Ottawa Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m). Rich Enuff stands for $8,800 (inc GST) this year.



Chamade (3 f ex Colima by Authorized) made all the running to take out Saturday’s Gillies Fillies’ Stakes (Listed 1m 2f) at Doncaster and in the process provided her sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality) with a 20th individual stakes winner. Chamade is the third foal out of Colima (Authorized), making her a half-sister to Brimham Rocks (Fastnet Rock), the winner of two Group 3 races for Chris Waller, who herself was previously trained by Beckett. Sepoy stands at Darley’s Northwood Park for a fee of $7,700.  


Shooting To Win

Mascarpone (4 g ex Fromage by Flying Spur) took another step to fulfilling his potential when he downed a handy field of sprinters in Saturday’s Legacy Lodge Sprint (Listed 1200m) at Te Rapa and in the process provide his sire Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) with his third stakes winner. Bred and co-owned by Westbury Stud principal Gerry Harvey, Mascarpone has now won six of his 14 starts after being purchased for NZ$160,000 from the Westbury Stud draft during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka in 2018. Shooting To Win stands at Darley’s Kelvinside for a fee of $16,500.



A patient ride from Lisa Allpress paved the way for Wekaforce (5 m ex Spera by Country Reel) to take out Saturday’s Pegasus Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Riccarton. Wekaforce, who was winning for the seventh time in 19 starts, became Showcasing’s (Oasis Dream) 46th individual stakes winner. The former shuttler now resides full-time at Whitsbury Stud in England where he will stand for a fee of £45,000 (approx, AUD$81,450) in 2021. 



Arrowfield’s Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) sired his 105th individual stakes winner when his daughter Snicerdoodledandy (3 f ex Crafty Irna by Starcraft) struck in the Burgess Queen Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Ascot on Tuesday. The Dan Morton-trained three-year-old was registering her third win in five starts when beating Kissonallforcheeks (Written Tycoon) and Magical Dream (Dream Ahead)


The Brothers War

French Listed victor The Brothers War (War Front) brought up his first individual stakes winner on Thursday when Ancestry (4 g ex Maltese by Tale Of The Cat) took the Century Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Flemington. The Brothers War is serving his sixth season at Kooringal Stud in Wagga Wagga with his price available on application in 2020.



Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral) brought up two new stakes winners at Flemington on Saturday, taking his stakes total to eight. Affair To Remember (4 m ex St Trinians by Black Hawk), placed in the Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) earlier this year, turned the tables on her conqueror that day, Toffee Tongue (Tavistock), to win the Matriarch Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m). That followed the victory of Shelby Cobra (3 g ex Segenhoe Valley by Dane Shadow) in The Amanda Elliott (Listed, 1400m) earlier on the card. Toronado stands for $27,500 (inc GST) in 2020.



No Restriction (3 f ex Zumbarina by Zabeel) provided an upset when taking out the Desirable Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Flemington on Tuesday, bringing up a third individual stakes winner for the late Unencumbered (Testa Rossa). Unencumbered, who landed the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) in 2014, stood at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds until dying from post-surgery complications in 2018. He has two Group 3 winners to his name – Felicia and Mirette. 


Written Tycoon

Written Tycoon (Iglesia), standing at Arrowfield Stud, enjoyed a week to remember, siring three new stakes winners to take his overall tally to 40. He completed a double on the Melbourne Cup card at Flemington on Tuesday, with Lindsay Park-trained juvenile Finance Tycoon (2 c ex Darook Park by Darci Brahma) landing the opening Maribyrnong Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) before Rich Hips (4 m ex She’s Curvaceous by Flying Spur) secured the HKJC Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. On Thursday, Written Beauty (3 f ex Beauty World by Danehill Dancer) took out the Red Roses Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Flemington to become Written Tycoon’s ninth individual stakes winner for the season, already a new record for the sire after only three months of the term. Written Tycoon is standing his first season at Arrowfield Stud this year at a fee of $77,000 (inc GST).



Youmzain (Sinndar) scored a seventh individual stakes winner on Tuesday when Control Tower (3 f ex La Tour Rouge by Monsun) took out the Prix Solitude (Listed, 2000m) at Saint-Cloud. Ridden by Sebastien Maillot, Control Tower saw off the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Tres Valentine (Fastnet Rock) by a neck, with favourite Frankel’s Magic (Frankel) a further half a length behind in third. Youmzain, the sire of Grade 1 winner Sea Calisi, stood at Glenview Stud in Ireland for a fee of €2,000 (approx AUD$3,280) in 2020.



In-form stayer Robusto (6 m ex Adriatico by Stravinsky) proved too good for her rivals in Saturday’s Metropolitan Trophy (Listed, 2500m) at Riccarton to provide her sire Zed (Zabeel) with his 13th individual stakes winner. Robusto is raced by her breeders, John, Mark and Rachel Carter, under their Jomara Bloodstock banner and is the older sister of Championship Stakes (Gr 2, 2100m) placegetter Bobby Dee, who now races out of the Bjorn Baker stable in Sydney. Zed stands at Grangewilliam Stud for a fee of NZ$6,000.