Air Force Blue
Triple G1-Winning 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, $140,000, $100,000 etc.
His top performers include...
- Chief Little Hawk - dual winner including the €320,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas. Runner-up in the Listed Curragh Stakes & third in the Listed Tipperary Stakes
- Fighting Force - 2½-length MSW winner at Gulfstream Park for Todd Pletcher. Runner-up in the Dania Beach Stakes, fourth in the English Channel Stakes
- King Of Dreams - MSW at Gulfstream Park for Joan Avila, runner-up in the English Channel Stakes
- Take Profit - impressive MSW winner over 7½f. at Delaware Park for trainer Jeremiah O'Dwyer. Third in the Central Park Stakes at Aqueduct
- Twilight Blue - dual winner for Joe Sharp. Third in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds
- Mashnee Girl - impressive 2½-length MSW winner at Saratoga over 7f. for trainer Mark Hennig. Placed fourth in the Gr.2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont
- Guana Cay - MSW winner at Keeneland for Wesley Ward. Placed fourth in the Songbird Stakes at Keeneland
- Roxy Blue - Stakes-placed in Australia
Other winners include Beauty Queen, Major Frontier, Off We Go, Haddassah, Ten Pin Ally, Copley, Choctaw Bingo, War Falcon, Ruby Lee, Giorgio Vasari, Ablah, Flying Rock, Roxy Blue, King Of Dreams, Bleu Ballon, War Savvy, Kitten's Waltz, Air Force Pink, Slap Shot, Blue Rockette, Blue Abbi Road, Searching For Gold, Walk Me Home, Peace Messenger, Old Arbat, Air Cavalry etc.