Various relatives of Wilgerbosdrift’s well bred new stallion Fire Away enjoyed a memorable few days over the past weekend.
Fire Away’s outstanding sire War Front made news at Pimlico racecourse on Saturday when his 3yo son War Of Will claimed victory in the classic G1 Preakness Stakes (the second leg of the US Triple Crown).
In the process, the Mark Casse trained colt War Of Will became War Front’s very first US classic winner, and the 21st G1 winner sired by War Front.
Now a triple graded stakes winner, the regally bred War Of Will is now likely to be aimed at the G1 Belmont Stakes.
War Front (who had 3 winners at Naas on Sunday) had a remarkable weekend, with the Claiborne based son of Danzig responsible for three stakes winners.
They included War Front’s two-year-old filly Etoile, who made a smart winning debut when claiming the G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Stakes at Naas on Sunday. (Another War Front filly, Peace Charter, ran second in the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Stakes). Etoile is now likely to head to Royal Ascot.
War Front’s dual G1 winning son Declaration Of War also made news over the weekend, with that son of War Front responsible for Sunday’s G3 Premio Carlo d’Alessio winner Assiro.
Fire Away, whose half-brother Mr Speaker was recently represented by his first winner, also hails from the same family as smart Japanese filly Madras Check, who won the Hosu Stakes at Kyoto on Sunday.
Madras Check, by Malibu Moon, is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gloat, whose third dam, unbeaten US champion Personal Ensign, is the granddam of Fire Away himself.