Air Force Blue

Bay201316.1½ hh
Distance won over: 6f. to 7f.
War Front - Chatham
Fee for 2021: $10,000

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

Timeform Rating of 128p & from the family of Champions Flanders & Surfside

“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

Yearlings in 2020 sold for $250,000, $145,000, 105,000gns, $100,000 etc.

Off to a good start!

  • Chief Little Hawk - dual winner including the €320,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas. Runner-up in the Listed Curragh Stakes
  • Mashnee Girl - impressive 2½-length MSW winner at Saratoga over 7f. on dirt for trainer Mark Hennig. Placed fourth in the Gr.2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont
  • Take Profit - impressive MSW winner over 7.5f. at Delaware Park for trainer Jeremiah O'Dwyer. Third in the Central Park Stakes at Aqueduct
  • Guana Cay - MSW winner at Keeneland for Wesley Ward. Placed fourth in the Songbird Stakes at Keeneland
  • Beauty Queen bolted up in a 4½f. maiden at Gulfstream Park on debut for trainer David Carlos
  • Major Frontier - MSW winner at Aqueduct for Lester Barbazon
  • Off We Go - MSW winner at Keeneland over 6f. by 1¼ lengths for Thomas Amoss
  • Twilight Blue - stylish 2-length MSW winner at Churchill Downs for Joe Sharp
  • Haddassah - MSW winner at Woodbine Kevin Attard
  • Copley - impressive 8-length maiden winner at Churchill Downs for Wesley Ward
  • Choctaw Bingo - 3-length debut MSW winner on dirt for trainer Rey Hernandez
  • Giorgio Vasari - dual winner for Aidan O'Brien
  • Ablah - winner over 6f. at Dundalk for Adrian McGuinness