Two Sons Of War Front For Stud In SA In 2019


Wilgerbosdrift, which is currently home to G1 winning and producing sire Flower Alley, is set to gain an exciting new stallion for the 2019 South African breeding season.

Fire Away

The blue blooded Fire Away, a high class son of outstanding sire War Front, is set to join Flower Alley at Wilgerbosdrift this year –and he looks a really exciting addition to the local stallion band.

Fire Away scored the biggest win of his career when he won the prestigious G3 Dixie Stakes, at Pimlico in 2018.

The Dixie Stakes, which was first run in 1870, has been won by some outstanding horses over the years, with past Dixie winners including such G1 winners as Better Talk Now, Paddy O’ Prado, World Approval, Fort Marcy, Sky Classic and Lure, as well as Triple Crown winners Whirlaway and Assault.

Fire Away’s seven career wins (which netted him over $600 000 in stakes) included another pair of black type wins in the Artie Schiller and Danger’s Hour Stakes respectively, with the bay also finishing third to Breeders’ Cup winning champion World Approval in the 2018 G3 Tampa Bay Stakes.

He is a son of Claiborne Farm’s outstanding Danzig stallion War Front, whose nearly 80 stakes winners (War Front is siring a world class 11% stakes winners to foals) include 19 individual G1 winners as well as outstanding US 3yo of 2019 –War Of Will.

War Front’s sire sons have made a promising start and they include Declaration Of War and The Factor, both of whom have already sired G1 winners.

Fire Away is a half-brother to Lane’s End based sire Mr Speaker who earned over $1.2 million and whose 6 wins included the G1 Belmont Derby and three other graded stakes triumphs.

His dam Salute, whose sire Unbridled is also broodmare sire of the outstanding stallion Tapit, was a smart racemare who ran second in the G2 Demoiselle Stakes and third in the G3 Tempted Stakes as  a 2yo.

Salute herself is out of the remarkable US champion Personal Ensign –whose unbeaten 13 race career included a dramatic win in the 1988 G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and seven other G1 wins.
A daughter of outstanding sire/broodmare sire Private Account, Personal Ensign proved equally potent at stud –so much so that she was North America’s Broodmare Of The Year in 1996.

She produced three G1 winners Miner’s Mark (Jockey Club Gold Cup), Traditionally (Oaklawn Handicap) and My Flag (Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies), with the latter also dam of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Storm Flag Flying.

Personal Ensign’s G1 Carter Hcp second son Our Emblem also made his mark –as the sire of US champion and Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, while Personal Ensign’s daughter Title Seeker is granddam of G1 Clark Handicap winner (and $2.9 million plus earner) Seeking The Soul.


John Freeman announced today that Drakenstein Stud Farm have instructed his team to syndicate and manage the career of 2018 Joint-Irish Champion racehorse Lancaster Bomber.

Lancaster Bomber who stands16.1hh, was last seen running his rivals off their feet at the Curragh when winning the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup by two lengths in May 2018.

Lancaster Bomber

The 5yo son of War Front will stand at Drakenstein Stud and is being syndicated and managed by FreemanStallions.

Freeman said that the loss of SA champion sires Captain Al and Dynasty further compounded breeders’ access to older proven sires. He also pointed out that the new up-and-coming younger sires are all fully syndicated and very well-booked. In his view there has never been a better time to bring such a beautifully pedigreed Gr1 winning International Champion to South Africa adding that the globe-trotting Lancaster Bomber is an ideal stallion prospect for South Africa:

Precocious and fast enough to win over 7f at 2yrs with the class to compete against the best in the world at 3yrs and to train-on and win at Gr1 level over 10f at 4yrs. Lancaster Bomber was trained by Aidan O’Brien for Coolmore partners. The International globe-trotting Irish Champion Older Horse of 2018 opened his account at the second time of asking as a 2yo and went on to finish second in the stallion making Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes, filling the same position in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf that season despite traffic problems.

In a busy three-year-old season that sent him racing around the world again, he was a close fourth to Churchill in the Gr1 2,000 Guineas, second to Barney Roy in the Gr1 St James’s Palace Stakes (beating Churchill, finishing in a time fast enough to win every other running of the Royal Ascot race first held in 1834) and also runner-up in both the Gr1 Woodbine Mile and Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The SLOWEST Lancaster Bomber ever ran a mile was when breaking the Ascot round mile record in the St James’s Palace Stakes, and he ran the three fastest miles and five of the fastest ten of all of the new sires sent to stud in Europe in 2019.

The Dewhurst colt rated better than Dark Angel, Showcasing and No Nay Never and superior at three to Scat Daddy. A classier older horse than Invincible Spirit and Kodiac. And rated above even his own sire, War Front.

Gr1 winner and runner-up in five Gr1 races from two to four years, Lancaster Bomber finished third to Rhododendron in the Gr1 Lockinge at four years and put up a fantastic front-running performance to win the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup from Cliffs Of Moher and Defoe. The victory put his career earnings beyond £1 million.

His sire War Front is the source of 19 Group/Grade 1 winners including European celebrities Air Force Blue (champion 2yo), Declaration Of War (champion) and War Command, as well as triple Gr1 winner Roly Poly and her champion brother US Navy Flag, who took last season’s Gr1 July Cup and is the first horse in 35 years to win both the Gr1 Middle Park and Gr1 Dewhurst.

War Front, the sire of 73% winners and over 15% stakes winners, is emerging as a notable sire of sires, with Declaration Of War’s first crop yielding last season’s Gr1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Olmedo and leading freshman sire War Command who has already notched 27 winners from his first crop.

Lancaster Bomber has enormous pedigree appeal on the distaff side. He is a half-brother to the champion crack miler Excelebration; sire of Gr1 winner Barney Roy and the durable Mull Of Killough, while his dam Sun Shower is by highly successful broodmare sire Indian Ridge out of a daughter of Classic winner Sarah Siddons.

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