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Air Force Blue to Shuttle to Australia
Air Force Blue will join the roster at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley for the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season. The US-bred son of War Front was crowned champion 2YO of Europe in 2015 after winning 4 of his 5 starts that season, including three top-flight victories in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes, Gr1 National Stakes & Gr1 Phoenix Stakes. His three Gr1 wins as a juvenile saw him earn a Timeform rating of 128p, making him the highest-rated 2YO in Europe for nearly 20 years, with the exception of Frankel. His emphatic 3.25 length victory in the Dewhurst Stakes prompted trainer Aidan O’Brien to proclaim him the best 2YO he has ever trained. “I am a strong believer in the best racehorses making the best sires and Air Force Blue was an incredible two year-old” said Coolmore Australia Sales and Nominations Manager Colm Santry. “He’s got a great hind part with a massive hip, plenty of strength and real quality. He is a lovely walker and given how important action is at yearling sales, I think commercial breeders here will be very taken with him when they see him in the Spring.” Air Force Blue will stand the 2017 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $16,500 (incl. GST).