Jack Christopher Winning The Gr 1 Woody Stephens At Belmont Park

Triple Grade 1 winner Jack Christopher retired to Ashford Stud

Triple Grade 1 winner Jack Christopher (Munnings) has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud at a fee of $45,000.

“Jack Christopher was an exceptional talent,” said his trainer Chad Brown. “I’ve never had a dirt horse with such brilliance. He never disappointed us in a workout or a race and was just a pleasure to train.”

A flashy chestnut, like his sire Munnings, he went unbeaten around one turn scoring three times at the highest level over seven furlongs and a mile. On Travers day last year the word was all over the track that Jack Christopher was Chad Brown's best young prospect and he more than lived up to the hype. Putting on a show down the lane, he won going away by 8¾ lengths earning himself TDN Rising Star status in the process.

Stepped straight up to Grade 1 company for the Champagne Stakes he ran true to his odds as the 8-5 favorite proving much too good for Hopeful winner Gunite.

More explosive performances followed in his sophomore year in the G2 Pat Day Mile, the G1 Woody Stephens by 10 lengths and the G1 H Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes.

The best son of Munnings, whose fee has risen from $20,000 to $100,000 in the past five years, Jack Christopher is out of a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner and proven Grade 1 sire Street Boss.

“We are delighted to have Jack Christopher now here at Ashford standing alongside his sire Munnings,” said Coolmore’s Dermot Ryan. “He’s a striking horse with great presence and a lovely temperament. Horses like him are what makes racing exciting to watch.”