European Champion colt Air Force Blue(USA), the highest-rated two year-old
ever from the Danzig sire line, will travel to the Hunter Valley in 2017 to
join the exceptional roster of stallions at Coolmore Australia.
His three Group I 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 ¼ length victory in the Dewhurst Stakes prompted legendary
trainer Aidan O'Brien to proclaim him the best two year-old he has ever
"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.
"We have received an overwhelming response to
American Pharoah, with great breeders like John Camilleri, Gerry Harvey, Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Gooree, George Altomonte and many more booking
quality mares within hours of his announcement. He is now fully booked with
plenty of others on a waiting list. There is a real appetite amongst breeders
for these elite racehorses and Air Force Blue sits comfortably in that category."
Air Force Blue won the Group I National Stakes and Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh and the Group I Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket finishing his two year-old season with four wins and a second from five starts.
"I was very excited to travel to see Air Force Blue this week and couldn't have
been more impressed with him," added 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. "
Coolmore Australia Bloodstock Sales Manager Shane McGrath, who also travelled
to inspect Air Force Blue this week is similarly excited by his arrival.
has got an ideal profile for Australia. It is the Holy Grail for commercial
breeders in Australia to produce a racehorse like Air Force Blue," said McGrath.
"War Front is the most potent source of elite two year-old speed in the world
and it's going to be a great opportunity to have his best juvenile son
available to breeders in Australia."
Air Force Blue will stand the 2017 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of
$16,500 (incl. GST).