War- Terrific Ability, Cracking Good looks and a Wonderful Pedigree
There is little debate over the caliber of War’s pedigree. He is a true Blue Blood. His sire More Than Ready has produced 129 stakes winners, his dam sire Zabeel has produced 152 stakes winners and the sire of his second dam Danehill has produced an incredible 347 stakes winners. Wars’ 3rd dam is the incomparable Denise’s Joy who’s 13 wins included the VRC Oaks, the Queensland Oaks, the VATC Underwood Stakes, the WATC Australian Derby and the VRC Turnbull Stakes. Off the track Denise’s Joy has had a remarkable impact. 43 of her descendants have won stakes races with 11 winning at Group 1 level.
When looking to breed to War there are some very strong affinities that should benefit breeders.
More Than Ready has proven very effective over time with Danehill and his sons, producing the likes of Benicio, Sebring, Perfectly Ready, Dreamaway and of course More Joyous. Interestingly More Than Ready’s son Sebring (out of a Flying Spur mare) has succeeded when more Danehill has been added to the mix through Redoute’s Choice and Choisir. Daughters of More Than Ready have also produced stakes winners by Fastnet Rock and Not A Single Doubt. The presence of Zabeel in War’s pedigree is also a great benefit here as he crosses so well with Danehill. Atlantic Jewel, Lankan Rupee and Samantha Miss are among the 116 stakes winners bred on this cross. Adding Nijinsky to this mix is also very effective. Alante, Miracles Of Life, Dissident and More Than Sacred are all bred on this pattern.
The More Than Ready cross with Sadler’s Wells has been extraordinary producing the likes of Phelan Ready, Regally Ready and Pluck. Sadler’s Wells success with Zabeel also strengthens the case for War. Dundeel, Pierro, Laverock and Lucia Valentina were all produced on this cross.
Mr Prospector has been a very successful cross with More Than Ready. The Champion Sebring, dual Group 1 winners Samaready and Verrazano and the Group 1 winning 2yo Carry On Cutie are all bred on the cross. Criterion and Clifton Red, both Stakes winners by Sebring also have Mr Prospector on their dam side. Zabeel and Mr Prospector has also been and incredible cross producing the likes of Lonhro, Pierro and Efficient among the 99 stakes winners produced
Storm Bird/Storm Cat
Sebring has already proven successful with the Storm Bird/ Storm Cat cross producing the stakes winners Interspeed and Bring A Ring. Perfectly Ready has produced the Group winner Moozoon. The dual Group 1 winner Verrazano also contains this cross. The Storm Bird / Zabeel cross has also proved very effective with the Group 1 winners Ocean Park, Bounding, Faint Perfume and Zagalia all produced on the cross.
Linebreeding to Halo has been very fruitful. 182 Stakes winners are line bred in this fashion including More Joyous, Shamadal, Loup De Vega and Maybee Discreet. Sunday Silence and his sons as well as Don’t Say Halo are interesting options here.
Like Halo, Roberto is a son of Hail To Reason and this cross with More Than Ready has been extraordinarily effective. Samaready, Phelan Ready and Verrazano all contain this cross. Red Ransom, At Talaq et cetera are good options here.
Star Kingdom has also proved exceptionally successful when crossed with More Than Ready. Many of the stakes winners produced by More Than Ready have this cross including Sebring and Gimmethegreenlight.
War has an extraordinary pedigree as mentioned above and he is well suited to a variety of mares. This is one of his great strengths. This genetic affinity will see War work with many mares and should see his progeny meet with success on the race track. We wish you all the best with your mating.