Declaration Of War will retire to Coolmore’s headquarters in Fethard, Co. Tipperary following his final start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 2. The son of War Front won the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot in June and added another Group 1 to his CV when defeating Trading Leather and Al Kazeem to win the Juddmonte International Stakes at York (pictured) in a time bettered only by Sea The Stars.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said “Declaration Of War has danced every dance this season and will have one more run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He has an unbelievable constitution and is a lot like Giant’s Causeway, a big, powerful, strong traveller, so we’re hopeful that he’ll run well.
“Unbeaten as a two-year-old in France, Declaration Of War won two of Britain’s highest profile Group 1’s this summer and is a very imposing horse to look at,” said Coolmore manager Christy Grassick. “His sire War Front is probably the most sought after stallion in America at the moment and his dam is a half-sister to star two-year-old and American classic winner Union Rags. He’s a hugely exciting prospect.”