Cease fires for War Chant

Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant sired his latest stakes winner when Cease struck at Listed level in the Maxxam Gold Cup in Texas on the weekend.

Cease (5g War Chant – Limit by Cox’s Ridge) closed quickly for a near three length victory in the 1800m feature at Sam Houston Park on Saturday night. “You can just take one look at this horse and see that he is made for 1800 metres and beyond,” assistant trainer Glen Brookfield said. “He’s a classic horse; just bred for the distance.”

A homebred for Claiborne Farm, Cease broke his maiden by 13 lengths at Saratoga in August last year and then earned a G2 placing in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. He wrapped up his four-year-old season with a fifth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Churchill Downs.

War Chant has now sired 28 stakes winners among 232 individual winners at a 67% strike-rate.

Cease is the final foal of Aqueduct stakes winner Limit. She is a half-sister to Archipenko (Kingmambo) who has claimed a G1 in Hong Kong (Queen Elizabeth II Cup) as well as G2 wins at Ascot, Leopardstown and Nad al Sheba.

Another half-sister Liable (Seeking the Gold) found fame as the dam of Blame (Arch) who broke Zenyatta’s unbeaten record in the 2010 G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

War Chant (Danzig) served a book of 104 mares shuttling for the first time from Claiborne Farm to Yarradale last year. At a $22,000 fee, that book included numerous stakes winners and dams of stakes winners.

Increased War Chant’s stakes winner tally to 28 in Maxxam Gold Cup