Declaration of War, a gallant third on his only start on dirt in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, will re-locate to Ashford Stud for the 2015 breeding season in a move similar to that made by triple champion sire Giant’s Causeway. The son of War Front, who was beaten only a nose and a neck by Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge in the Classic earning a 112 Beyer, is out of a half-sister to Champagne Stakes and Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. Declaration of War stood his first season at Coolmore’s headquarters in Fethard, Co. Tipperary where he commanded a fee of €40,000 and proved extremely popular with European breeders.
Unbeaten as a two-year-old in France for Jean-Claude Rouget, Declaration of War recorded two wide-margin successes by a combined 11 lengths. Having joined Aidan O’Brien he last year contested five straight Group 1 races in Europe during a nine-week period in mid-summer always showing up and winning both the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
“Declaration of War has an incredibly similar profile to Giant’s Causeway who also joined us after standing a single season in Ireland,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan. “Both were unbeaten at two, both won some of Britain’s key Group 1 races over a mile and a mile-and-a-quarter and both ran incredible races on their first starts on traditional dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. And then of course they’re both by top sires out of daughters of Rahy from great American families. Bred by Joe Allen in whose colours he ran, Declaration of War was one of the best yearlings ever raised here on the farm and we’re delighted to be getting him back.”
A fee will be announced at a later date.