Air Force Blue

Bay201316.1½ hh
Distance won over: 6f. to 7f.
War Front - Chatham
Fee for 2020: $15,000

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

His first crop yearlings sold for $400,000, $350,000, $305,000, $290,000, $280,000, $275,000, $250,000, $200,000 etc. and first juveniles sold for up to $400,000.

Off to a good start!

  • Chief Little Hawk - won impressively on debut to give his sire a 1-3 in the 5f. maiden at Navan with Hyde Park Barracks finishing third
  • Beauty Queen bolted up in a 4½f. maiden at Gulfstream Park on debut for trainer David Carlos
  • Choctaw Bingo - 3-length debut MSW winner on dirt for trainer Rey Hernandez
  • Giorgio Vasari - dual winner for Aidan O'Brien