Declaration Of War

Bay 2009 16.0½ hh (1.63m)
War Front – Tempo West
Distance won over: 7½f. – 10½f.

Talented and tough – the real War Horse!

Fee for 2014: €40,000

Dual Gr.1 winner of the Juddmonte International S. & Queen Anne S.

Undefeated at 2 years

“Declaration of War has an incredibly similar profile to Giant’s Causeway who also joined us after standing a single season in Ireland. 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.” Ashford manager Dermot Ryan

By War Front (2017 fee: $250,000), the hottest young sire in America

Out of a ½ sister to Union Rags – proven Gr.1 sire from his first crop

“attractive colt: high-class performer” Timeform

His first crop, now yearlings have sold for $800,000, $535,000, $495,000, €475,000, $400,000, $395,000, 380,000gns, $350,000, €350,000, $325,000, 290,000gns, 250,000gns, $250,000, €240,000, $200,000, €200,000, €200,000, 180,000gns, €165,000, 150,000gns, €140,000, 130,000gns etc.

There’s no stallion in Kentucky with a bigger international reputation than War Front, whose progeny can shine on all surfaces and are equally at home in the U.S. and Europe. Declaration Of War played a large part in this by winning the Gr.1 Queen Anne S. (1m) and Gr.1 Juddmonte International (15/16m). He then was narrowly beaten in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, showing he could produce his best form on dirt, as well as turf and all-weather.

Like the three-time champion sire Giant’s Causeway, Declaration Of War is from the Northern Dancer male line out of a daughter of Rahy. Giant’s Causeway has sired 40 GSW’s from the MR PROSPECTOR line.

War Front sired The Factor from a MISWAKI mare and has other Gr.1 winners out of daughters of SMART STRIKE and FORTY NINER. The Factor has already sired a 2016 Gr.1 winner out of a mare by CITY ZIP, a son of CARSON CITY. The broodmare sires of other War Front Graded winners include PROCIDA, WOODMAN and CORONADO’S QUEST.

The FAPPIANO line is a good option, War Front has 3 SW’s from his first 17 foals out of UNBRIDLED’S SONG mares.

Declaration of War is well worth trying with mares by Mr Prospector’s grandsons, including STREET CRY (War Front has two SW’s from his first four foals) and ELUSIVE QUALITY (War Front has two Gr.2-placed winners from five foals). The branches of the Mr Prospector line which have excelled with Giant’s Causeway include KINGMAMBO, SEEKING THE GOLD and Street Cry’s sire MACHIAVELLIAN (broodmare sire of a $350,000 colt from Declaration of War’s first crop).

Another branch of the RAISE A NATIVE male line helped supply War Front with his triple Gr.1 winning champion juvenile Air Force Blue. His dam is by MARIA’S MON, which suggests daughters of SUPER SAVER will also suit.

War Front has sired Graded winners from mares by A.P. INDY and his son PULPIT (19% SW’s to foals). This suggests Declaration Of War will suit daughters of MALIBU MOON, MINESHAFT and CONGRATS. A first-crop colt out of a MALIBU MOON mare sold for $400,000. BERNARDINI and TAPIT mares also hold plenty of appeal.

War Front has several good winners inbred 2×4 to DANZIG, including the Gr.1-winning two-year-olds Hit It A Bomb and Brave Anna. A Declaration Of War colt which sold for €475,000 ($530,000) is inbred 3×4 to DANZIG.

With his Danzig blood, Declaration Of War is a natural for GALILEO mares. War Front has two Gr.1 winning 2yo’s out of a SADLER’S WELLS mare, a Gr.2 winning 2yo out of a GALILEO mare, and a Gr.2 winner out of an EL PRADO mare. Declaration Of War has to be a strong contender for daughters of MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY.

At least six other grandsons of Danzig have sired Gr.1 winners from STORM CAT line mares, including from daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY and TALE OF THE CAT. Mares by SCAT DADDY would be a likeable option.

War Front sired Gr.1 winners by ROBERTO’s son RED RANSOM and grandson ARCH.

War Front sired a Gr.2 winner from a CLEVER TRICK mare and a Gr.1 winner from a mare by MAZEL TRICK.

Declaration Of War’s dam is a half-sister to dual Gr.1 winner Union Rags (by DIXIE UNION) and he sired two first-crop Gr.1-winning juveniles in 2016, Dancing Rags (dam by STORM CAT) and Union Strike (dam by SMART STRIKE).

Race Record

Unbeaten At 2 Years

1stConditions Race, 7½f., Deauville (A.W), by 8 lengths from Joropo and Alanos.
1stConditions Race, 8½f. Pornichet La Baule by 3 lengths from Questiondargent and Droit Au Reve.

Top Class At 3 & 4 Years

1stJuddmonte International-Gr.1, 10½f., York, by 1¼ lengths from Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and multiple Gr.1 winner Al Kazeem.
1stQueen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot, by ¾ length from Aljamaaheer, Gregorian and Elusive Kate.
1stDiamond Stakes-Gr.3, 10½f., Dundalk, by ½ length from Along Came Casey and Aloof.
1stHeritage Stakes-L.R., 8f., Leopardstown, by 2½ lengths from Bold Thady Quill and Windsor Palace.
1stConditions Race, 10f., Curragh, by 3½ lengths from Ebazan and Diplomat.
2ndEclipse Stakes-Gr.1, 10f., Sandown, beaten 2 lengths by Al Kazeem.
3rdBreeders’ Cup Classic-Gr.1, 10f., Santa Anita, beaten just ¼ length by Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge.
3rdSussex Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Goodwood, beaten 3 lengths by Toronado and Dawn Approach.
4thPrix Jacques Le Marois-Gr.1, 8f., Deauville, beaten 2 Lengths by Moonlight Cloud, Olympic Glory and Intello.
4thSolonaway Stakes-Gr.3, 8f., Curragh, beaten 4 lengths on his seasonal debut by Famous Name, One Spirit and Aloof.
5thLockinge Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Newbury, to Farhh, Sovereign Debt and Aljamaaheer.

ALL HIS STARTS