War Chant (USA) burst through $1 million in earnings this season with another city double on Saturday.
Yarradale Stud’s successful import reinforced a Top 10 spot on the Australian third-season table after banking another $100,000 in prizemoney and bonuses at Ascot.
His 3yo filly Dainty Tess was on a seven-day turnaround and Willie Pike controlled proceedings in the Morley Growers Plate (1100m). “It wasn’t the plan to lead but she’s a delight to train,” stable rep Len Morton said. “She’s a favourite with all the staff and we will keep her in these short sprints while she’s going so well.”
Dainty Tess is the first winner for Classic Smile (Bletchley Park) who won a Belmont juvenile for Yarradale owner Ron Sayers and Nic Giorgetta before going to stud. She foaled a War Chant colt in October and is back in foal to him.
War Chant’s 4yo gelding Bombs Away claimed the second-leg with a slashing finish to the James Boag’s Premium Hcp (1200m). “We decided to ride him cold with the low weight,” trainer Lindsey Smith explained. “But I didn’t think he would win!
“He’s doing a good job with Westspeed bonuses and I think he could go alright in one of those good winter sprints.”
Bombs Away is the second winner from Metallic Storm (Metal Storm) who won at Listed level in the Placid Ark Stakes and Crawford Quality for Sayers and Tony Patrizi. They stayed in Bombs Away after he was knocked down to Smith for $170,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions.”
War Chant (Danzig) was WA Champion first and second-sire and has opened up a big lead over his third-season counterparts with earnings of ($1.03m). Next best are Alfred Nobel ($381k), Demerit ($357k), Planet Five ($172k) & Red Hot Choice ($131k).
Yarradale Stud has 9 lots by War Chant at the Perth Magic Millions in February and there’s no shortage of quality with half-sisters to LR Ramornie Hcp winner Jerezana (Lot 48) & G2 QTC Cup winner Catapulted (Lot 74) and half-brothers to LR Singapore Trophy winner Rafaello (Lot 185) & Magic Millions 3YO Trophy winner Express Service (Lot 320).