War Front (courtesy of Spendthrift Australia)
ROMSEY, Vic.—Legendary turf sire War Front continues his impressive record amongst the breeding ranks and is now making his mark as a sire of sires. As War Front’s champion son, Omaha Beach heads back to Spendthrift Australia for his second season at stud, providing a chance to explore what nicks perform well with the outstanding War Front sire line.
War Front’s breeding numbers speak for themselves. He currently has a strike rate of 14.7% stakes winners to runners, siring 97 stakes winners to date, 54 Group winners and 23 individual G1 winners. His progeny has also won over $100M prize money.
The sire has had great success when crossed with the Sadler’s Wells line. So far it has produced G1 winners War of Will, Brave Anna, Hit It A Bomb and G3 winner Happen. This line has produced five Group winners, six stakes winners and is striking at 22% stakes winners to runners.
The affinity with the Sadler’s Wells’ line doesn’t stop there, his son Galileo also performed well when crossed with War Front’s line. When bred with Galileo mares, War Front has sired three G1 winners in Roly Poly, U S Navy Flag and Fog Of War and two G2 winners Battleground and Masteroffoxhounds. Overall, he has produced six group winners and 11 stakes winners.
U S Navy Flag (Courtesy of Spendthrift Australia)
Moving away from the well performed Sadler’s Wells line, some other notable crosses that work well with War Front’s line are, Red Ransom, who has produced G1 winners Homersman and War Command, boasting 25% stakes winners to runners. Street Cry mares are another great cross, when bred with War Front, producing G2 winner War Decree, and a further two stakes winners. This cross is currently operating on a strike rate of 16% stakes winners to runners. Tapit and Unbridled Song mares over War Front have one G1 winner a piece, with the latter producing a further three Group winners and five Stakes winners, with a strike rate of 21% Stakes winners to runners. Arch mares have also performed well when matched with War Front. There have been two G1 winners in Helene Super Star and War Flag and G3 winner Blitzkrieg. This cross is striking at 26% stakes winners to runners.
Diving further into War Front’s line, sire son, Declaration Of War, has continued his father’s outstanding legacy, crossing well with notable pedigree lines. The multiple turf G1 winner has sired 20 Group winners, 34 stakes winners & seven G1 winners to date.
The Sadler’s Wells line continues to be influential through his sire son Galileo. His mares, when crossed with Declaration Of War, have produced G1 winners Warning and Winning Ways. Testa Rossa has nicked well producing the elite level G1 winner Vow And Declare and speed sire Exceed And Excel also produced G3 winner Vigor Winner. The cross with Arch mares has also produced the quality G1 winner Decorated Invader and G2 winner Army Life. Another notable nick that has been highly successful, is the cross with Pivotal mares. This cross has seen G1 winner Olmedo produced.
Other noteworthy nicks with Declaration Of War are mares by Kitten’s Joy, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Petionville, Red Ransom, Stravinsky, Street Sense, Storm Cat, Tapit and Unbridled’s Song.
Omaha Beach is bred on a cross of War Front with a Mr Prospector line mare, and should do well when bred back over mares from that line. The emerging sire will endeavour to continue his impressive bloodline and become the next quality sire son of War Front. He’ll be given every chance to make his mark on the breeding scene on an international level, being a current shuttle stallion between Spendthrift’s American and Australian bases.
The triple G1 winner was a very popular choice both here and abroad, being the American No.1 Freshman Covering Sire in 2020, at an average service fee of $165,800, covering a book of 215 mares.
Omaha Beach will stand for $22,000 inc GST at Spendthrift Australia in 2021 and is available for Live Foal Terms.
Omaha Beach (courtesy Spendthrift Australia)
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