Foal Gallery Star Wins Melbourne Cup

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday November 5

Boutique Hunter Valley nursery Kitchwin Hills have always been great supporters of the Breednet Foal Gallery and when they sent in this image back in 2015 of a colt by Declaration of War (USA) from Geblitzt it’s fairly safe to say nobody thought we had a Melbourne Cup winner in the making.

The Foal Gallery of 2015 was actually sponsored by Coolmore for Declaration of War, a dual Group I winning son of champion US sire War Front, that found his best form as a four year-old from 1600 to 2000m.

Foaled and raised at Kitchwin Hills is Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare A tough versatile horse, Declaration of War won the Group I Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot over 1m and the Group I York International at 10 1/2f and closed out his career with a third in the Breeders Cup Classic on dirt at a mile and a quarter.

There was nothing speedy or precocious about him, although he did win his only starts in France at two over 1500 and 1700m, but at the same time his pedigree hardly screams long distance stayer and yet these are the horses that are making this stallion, who is now standing in Japan, into a slow burn success at stud.

Vow and Declare is his third long distance Group I winner in Australia joining last Saturday’s Group I VRC Victoria Derby winner Warning and Winning Ways, who won the Queensland Oaks last season.

His success as a sire of stayers won’t be lost on the Japanese breeders, so while we may only have two crops of Declaration of War stock here, expect to see more of them in the future challenging for our Cups, but they may be Japanese bred, owned and trained.

Declaration of War has some impressive overall statistics with his oldest progeny worldwide just four year-olds. He has sired 24 stakes-winners, five of them Group I winners, and has a stakes-winner to runner ratio of 7.4% .

Read about Vow and Declare's Cup win here.



Race Result - Lexus Melbourne Cup Gr1 3200m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 3:24.76
Vow And Declare
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 52
4g Declaration Of War (USA) x Geblitzt (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Prince Of Arran
T: Charlie Fellowes J: M J Walker 54
7g Shirocco (GER) x Storming Sioux (GB) (Storming Home (GB))
Il Paradiso
T: A O'Brien J: W M Lordan 52.5
4h Galileo (IRE) x Famous (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Master Of Reality
T: Joseph O'Brien J: L Dettori 55.5
5g Frankel (GB) x L'ancresse (IRE) (Darshaan (GB))
Surprise Baby
T: P A Preusker J: Jordan Childs 53.5
5g Shocking (AUS) x Bula Baby (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
Mer De Glace
T: H Shimizu J: Damian Lane 56
5h Rulership (JPN) x Glacier Blue (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA))
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 54
6g Frankel (GB) x Binche (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Cross Counter
T: Charlie Appleby J: W Buick 57.5
5g Teofilo (IRE) x Waitress (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Steel Prince
T: Anthony Freedman J: B Prebble 52.5
6g Nathaniel (IRE) x Steel Princess (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Magic Wand
T: A O'Brien J: Ryan Moore 53.5
5m Galileo (IRE) x Prudenzia (IRE) (Dansili (GB))
Twilight Payment
T: Joseph O'Brien J: J Bowman 55
7g Teofilo (IRE) x Dream On Buddy (IRE) (Oasis Dream (GB))
T: M D Moroney J: J Winks 53.5
7h Lando (GER) x Sky Dancing (IRE) (Exit To Nowhere (USA))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: J Moreira 52.5
4h Galileo (IRE) x One Moment In Time (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Mirage Dancer
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: B Melham 55.5
6h Frankel (GB) x Heat Haze (GB) (Green Desert (USA))
Hunting Horn
T: A O'Brien J: J A Heffernan 55
5h Camelot (GB) x Mora Bai (IRE) (Indian Ridge (IRE))
Raymond Tusk
T: R Hannon J: J P Spencer 54
5h High Chaparral (IRE) x Dancing Shoes (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
The Chosen One
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: Tim Clark 52
4h Savabeel (AUS) x The Glitzy One (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
T: Joseph O'Brien J: J B Mc Donald 55
5h Camelot (GB) x Question Times (GB) (Shamardal (USA))
Southern France
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: M Zahra 55.5
5h Galileo (IRE) x Alta Anna (FR) (Anabaa (USA))
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 52
5m High Chaparral (IRE) x Starspangled (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: L Nolen 53.5
5g Mastercraftsman (IRE) x Nonsuch Way (IRE) (Verglas (IRE))
T: Joseph O'Brien J: John Allen 53.5
5h Camelot (GB) x Cinnamon Rose (USA) (Trempolino (USA))
T: K A Lees J: D Oliver 55
7g Medicean (GB) x Qelaan (USA) (Dynaformer (USA))
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: D Dunn 55
5g Frankel (GB) x Tyranny (GB) (Machiavellian (USA))
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