The stakes winners kept coming for Yarradale shuttler War Chant on Saturday with a international double in the USA and Chile.
War Chant’s Chilean colt Carlos Gardel won the G2 Gran Premio Criadores (1600m) by nearly two lengths over his arch-rival McQueen (Last Best Place).
The victory set up a showdown with McQueen in the G1 Chilean 2000 Guineas on September 8. McQueen had defeated the War Chant colt they last time they met in the G1 Clasico Tanteo de Potrillos.
Carlos Gardel (3c War Chant – Carolan by Hardy) is raced by Stud Xeneixe owner Juan Cuneo Solari. He is the first foal from a winning three-quarter sister to Champion Chilean 2YO Colt Mail Coach (Hussonet).
Also on Saturday, War Chant war-horse Chamberlain Bridge wasted no time bouncing back to form with a resounding victory in the LR My Frenchman Stakes (1100m) at Monmouth Park. He defeated defending champion Ju Jitsu Jax (Tiger Ridge) by more than two lengths clocking a quick 61.80s on turf.
“I just let him break and got him in the clear,” jockey Paco Lopez said. “I kept off the speed early and then he accelerated at the 400m pole. He could have taken the lead whenever he wanted and was very impressive.”
Chamberlain Bridge (8g War Chant – She’s Got Class by Trempolino) scored a career-high triumph in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs and has now won 19 races from 44 starts earning over $1.80 million.
Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk, Chamberlain Bridge was claimed by trainer Bret Calhoun for $35,000 in 2008. He signed off 2011 with a Listed victory in the LR Bonapaw Stakes in New Orleans and resumed this year with an unlucky second in the LR Arlington Sprint last month.
War Chant (Danzig) is due back for his second southern season shuttling to Yarradale Stud from Three Chimneys in Kentucky. He will stand for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee.
War Chant colt being set for G1 Chilean 2000 Guineas