War Chant topped the Ascot 2YO Breeze-Up Sale in England on Wednesday with a colt purchased by rookie trainer Ed de Giles.
The Yarradale Stud shuttler sired the colt from Italian Listed winner Morena Park (Pivotal). He made 25,000 pounds (AUD 37,435).
Based at Lilly Hall Farm in Herefordshire, de Giles began training in 2010 and bought that year’s G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winners Markab (Green Desert). “The War Chant colt was one of half a dozen we came to look at, and he did a good breeze” said de Giles. “We will get him home now, and he definitely won’t be out for at least two months – I like to take my time with them.”
De Giles enjoyed success at the same sale in 2011 when securing a Choisir colt. Later named Twenty One Choice, he has won four of eight starts, including a two-length Kempton victory last month.
War Chant (USA) will return to Yarradale for his third southern season this year at a $16,000 (plus gst) service fee.