Air Force Blue

Air Force Blue (War Front) winning the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1) at Newmarket

Bay 2013 16.0½ hh
War Front – Chatham
Distance won over: 1200m. – 1400m.

European Champion 2YO by WAR FRONT

Fee for 2017: $16,500

European Champion 2YO by WAR FRONT

The first time since 2001 that any two-year-old has won three European Group 1 races

WON   Dewhurst Stakes [G1], Newmarket
WON   Vincent O’Brien National Stakes [G1], Curragh
WON   Phoenix Stakes [G1], Curragh
WON   Maiden, Curragh on debut May 24

“the best two-year-old we’ve ever had”  Aidan O’Brien

  • From the family of Champions Flanders & Surfside
  • Very good looking – a $490,000 Keeneland September yearling

Timeform Rating of 128p

“None of O’Brien’s previous champion two-year-olds has been rated so highly as Air Force Blue who is the best champion of his age group in Europe for nearly 20 years, with the exception of Frankel.” Timeform

“…he won three Group 1’s – the Phoenix S., the National S. and the Dewhurst – and ended 2015 the highest-rated 2-year-old ever trained by Aidan O’Brien… That kind of 2-year-old class is very dangerous; very good sires have had similar records to Air Force Blue’s – only they weren’t as good…” Bill Oppenheim, TDN

Air Force Blue is a European Champion 2 year old by world class sire War Front. His sire’s proven patterns can be exploited in potential matings while in addition, Air Force Blue’s dam carries several features which can also be utilised with Australian broodmares.

Air Force Blue carries a duplication of LA TROIENNE family member Buckpasser. CONGRATS, MORE THAN READY, WOODMAN, PRIVATE ACCOUNT, BUPERS, FRANCIS S., HOOK MONEY, CORNISH PRINCE, MR. BUSHER, PARDAL, THE AXE II, ARDAN, BIMELECH, NOBLE BIJOU, BELONG TO ME and RHYTHM are other LA TROIENNE family members desirable in mares. War Front’s Gr.1 winner AVENGE is out of a WOODMAN mare.

Two of War Front’s 14 Gr.1 winners are out of SADLER’S WELLS mares. He can be sourced via mares by GALILEO, HIGH CHAPARRAL, MONTJEU, BARATHEA, CARNEGIE, KING OF KINGS, RUNYON, SCENIC (and son BLEVIC) amongst others. Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING is accessible via mares by ENCOSTA DE LAGO, FALBRAV and HELISSIO.

Air Force Blue carries Seeking The Gold through a daughter. A dynamic sex balanced duplication can be created by using mares by sons and grandsons of Seeking The Gold such as SECRET SAVINGS, DASH FOR CASH, SWISS ACE, DUBAI MILLENIUM, DUBAWI, LUJAIN and USTINOV.

Storm Bird is also present via a daughter, making his son STORM CAT an obvious choice in matings to create sex balance. STORM CAT who can be accessed via broodmare sires such as TALE OF THE CAT, FORESTRY, HENNESSY, BLACK MINNALOUSHE, JOHANNESBURG, STATUE OF LIBERTY, PURREALIST, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, SHAMARDAL, HIGH YIELD, VAN NISTELROOY and HENNY HUGHES. Mares by Storm Bird’s son BLUEBIRD and his son DOLPHIN STREET also qualify.

War Front’s Gr.1 winner WAR COMMAND and Gr.2 winners SUMMER FRONT and LINES OF BATTLE carry His Majesty. While Air Force Blue is a grandson of Danzig, he maintains appeal for broodmares by DANEHILL grandsons and great grandsons. The major attraction is that Danehill is out of an HIS MAJESTY mare. Air Force Blue’s dam actually contributes His Majesty’s close relation Majestic Prince on her sire line.  His Majesty can also be sourced via PLEASANT COLONY’s son, DENON.

Danehill’s son FLYING SPUR looks particularly good with Air Force Blue, as he is bred on a  reverse of the two Mr. Prospector / Northern Dancer crosses present via Rubiano and Circle Of Gold (his second dam).

War Front’s Gr. 1 winning son WAR COMMAND is a son of RED RANSOM while he has also produced stakes winners with fellow son of ROBERTO, KRIS S (sire of ARCH, BROCCO etc).

Mares by UNBRIDLED’S SONG have worked very well with War Front, producing three Grade winners.

Mr. Prospector is duplicated in Air Force Blue 5m x 4m. Many of War Front’s best progeny are bred on duplications of Mr. Prospector or carry other FRIZETTE family members. This is also the family of FORESTRY, SEATTLE SLEW (sire of A.P. INDY), SING SING, DJEDDAH, ROAN ROCKET (damsire of RORY’S JESTER), GREGORIAN, FERDINAND and LOMOND (sire of CITIDANCER). Mares carrying Mr. Prospector’s son FORTY NINER (sire of broodmare sires such as END SWEEP, DISTORTED HUMOR, TWINING etc) have been particularly successful with War Front.

Being a Northern Dancer line stallion with another line to this influence further back, Air Force Blue will suit broodmares carrying other ALMAHMOUD descendants such as HALO, ORPEN, WAY OF LIGHT, MACHIAVELLIAN, ESPERERO, EXIT TO NOWHERE, CANNONADE, NUCLEAR FREEZE, CATRAIL, EAGLE EYED, EL MOXIE, YOUTHFUL LEGS, L’EMIGRANT and ARCTIC TERN.

The BLACK DUCHESS family is represented by Rubiano and Caro. Mares carrying RELAUNCH, BATTLE-WAGGON, LANDAU, BLUE TRAIN, GOLD ACE, FINAL CARD and GRAND SLAM create further line breeding to this family. The wonderful NZ Blue Hen EIGHT CARAT is a daughter of PIECES OF EIGHT from this line, so mares by her descendants OCTAGONAL, COMMANDS, MOUAWAD, KAAPSTAD, VISCOUNT, DANEWIN and DE BEERS contribute Pieces of Eight.

Broodmares from the Star Kingdom line have also worked well with Danzig line sires.  Individuals to look for in mares’ pedigrees include BLETCHINGLY (who is from the same family as Danzig), BUREAUCRACY, COVETOUS, HURRICANE SKY, KENNY’S BEST PAL, MARSCAY, TODMAN, SHIFNAL and WEASEL CLAUSE. Sources of Bletchingly include CANNY LAD (damsire of REDOUTE’S CHOICE), BEST WESTERN, BRAVE WARRIOR, SHOW A HEART and HURRICANE SKY.

European Champion Juvenile Of 2015

1stDewhurst Stakes – Gr.1, 1400m., Newmarket by 3 ¼ lengths from Massaat and Sanus Per Aquam.
1stNational Stakes – Gr.1, 1400m., Curragh by 3 lengths from Herald The Dawn and Birchwood.
1stPhoenix Stakes – Gr.1, 1200m., Curragh by 2 lengths from Washington DC and Buratino.
1stMaiden, 1200m., Curragh on debut.
2ndCoventry Stakes – Gr.2, 1200m., Royal Ascot beaten 2 lengths by Buratino with Eltezam third.

Timeform Rating of 128p

Air Force Blue-New for 2017


Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1


National Stakes-Gr.1


Phoenix Stakes-Gr.1