Spendthrift Farm will not shuttle Hit It a Bomb (USA) to its Victorian base as initially planned this year.
The G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner has been switched to Haras Firmamento in Argentina.
“It was a difficult business decision to send him to South America and we regret any confusion this may cause,” Spendthrift owner B Wayne Hughes said. “But I want to make it clear that we will continue to be committed to bolstering our stallion operation at Spendthrift Australia.
“The key to having mutual success for Spendthrift, the stallion, and the breeder is to make sure we are doing our job by having the right horses in the right places. I believe we will have a lot of the right horses coming to Spendthrift Australia in the future.”
Hit It a Bomb (War Front) was an undefeated 2yo in Ireland and the USA when trained by Aidan O’Brien. He’s out of stakes-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Liscanna and is a brother to G1 Cheveley Park heroine Brave Anna.
Haras Firmamento has been the leading breeder in Argentina 15 times since 2000 and stands Van Nistlerooy, Seattle Fitz, Cityscape, Equal Stripes and Sol Planet.
“The strong support Hit It a Bomb will receive from a high-calibre breeder like Hara Firmamento helped seal the deal,” Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey said. “We had one reservation that opened the door. Australian breeders like a lot bone in a horse, almost a quarter-horse body-type. Hit It a Bomb is a beautiful horse but he is not that type.”