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US Gr1 Star War Chant Shuttle To WA Yarradale
Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers announced US Gr1-winning 14-year-old stallion War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) who won the 2000 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile & stands at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky will shuttle to his Western Australian farm for the 2011 breeding season. Sayers declared: "It is a huge coup for the WA breeding industry that Yarradale Stud has secured the lifetime Southern Hemisphere rights to War Chant. He has proven to be a prolific sire of turf horses in both the US & Europe, and his numbers compare fabulously with the leading sires in Australia. He has 27 stakes-winners with a stakes-winners-to-runners ratio of 8%. He also has a winners-to-runners ratio of 70.3% & his average earnings-per-runner is $103,315 putting him in the top 4 or 5 stallions in Australia. He is currently in 10th position on the General Sires list in America." On the track, War Chant won 5 of 7 starts as a 2YO & 3YO (including the Gr1 Breeders Cup Mile on turf & Gr2 Oak Tree Breeders Cup Mile on turf); while his wins from 6-8 furlongs showed a distinct affinity for the turf, War Chant was versatile enough to run 2nd in the Gr1 Santa Anita Derby & retired with earnings of US$1,130,600. War Chant's most recent progeny of note include 2011 Gr1 Santa Anita Derby winner & Gr1 Kentucky Derby hopeful Midnight Interlude, Irish Gr1 Curragh National Stakes winner Kingsfort & 2010 Gr2 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint victor Chamberlain Bridge (winner of US$1,635,245 to date). War Chant's world-wide progeny earnings have exceeded US$4 million-per-year for the past 4 years. Sayers intends "to syndicate War Chant with other leading breeders in Western Australia" & he will stand at $22,000.