Australians welcome War Front’s superstar son

September 24, 2020

The introduction of a triple G1-winning superstar son of War Front (USA) to Spendthrift Australia’s stallion roster has been enthusiastically welcomed by breeders and bloodstock agents.

Omaha Beach (USA) is available to Australian breeders for the first time in 2020, having risen to stardom in a short but spectacular racetrack career. He won five of his ten starts and never finished further back than third, earning more than US$1.6 million in stakes.

He scored G1 victories in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship over six furlongs, the Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs and the Arkansas Derby over nine furlongs, and he also finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Omaha Beach

Bloodstock agent Craig ‘Boomer’ Rounsefell is eager to renew his long-running acquaintance with the elite racetrack performer.

“I followed Omaha Beach’s career closely, watching him train in the mornings in California, and he is a magnificent animal with great substance and quality,” he said. “In his races, he is one of those rare horses that made the hair on my arms stand up.

“We have been good friends with the Mandellas for a long time. Richard Mandella is a champion trainer and typically quite understated when he talks about his horses, although the way he has always spoken about Omaha Beach resonates with me how good this horse really is.

“I have recommended a number of matings for clients who will be breeding to Omaha Beach this season. One of my favourite matings amongst them is for Musk Creek Farm, called Leny’s Here, a daughter of Group 1 winner Devil Moon. It is a nice mating on type, and the inbreeding to the blue hen mare Con Game 4×5 (dam of Seeking The Gold and Tricky Game) is something I am excited about.”

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy was also enormously impressed by Omaha Beach’s racetrack career.

“In my opinion, Omaha Beach is one of the best-credentialled stallions to stand in Victoria,” he said.

“He appealed to me because he was a superstar of a racehorse, winning three Group 1 races from 1200 metres to 1800 metres. It’s that combination of speed and versatility at the top level that makes a successful sire.

“He also represents an outcross for all the broodmares we have here by Danehill (USA) and his sons, and I loved the fact that Omaha Beach’s granddam is by Dehere (USA), who was a great stallion that worked so well in Australia with 38 stakes winners including the like of Defier, Belle du Jour and Bollinger.

“The sire of Omaha Beach, War Front (USA), is an elite stallion who has over 14% stakes winners to runners, and his sons are really starting to make a name for themselves.

“My clients are sending mares by Galileo (Ire), Zabeel (NZ), Exceed and Excel and Hussonet (USA), so combined with some of the mares Spendthrift are buying to send to him, he will be given every chance.”

Adrian Hancock is another respected bloodstock agent who has enthusiastically welcomed Omaha Beach to Australia’s shuttle stallion ranks.

“Omaha Beach, to me, represents superb qualities in a stallion, being a multiple Group 1 winner at six furlongs, seven furlongs and nine furlongs from one of America’s most current and dominant pedigrees that produces champions and sale ring superstars,” he said.

“He is by one of Danzig’s (USA) best sire sons in War Front, with whom I had previous success with his son Declaration Of War (USA), recommending the mating of last season’s VRC Derby winner Warning.

“It seems to me to be a winning recipe.”

John Muir intends to support Omaha Beach with members of his star-studded Milburn Creek broodmare band.

“Omaha Beach is one who has really caught my eye among this year’s new stallions,” Muir said. “He’s beautifully bred, was a very good racehorse in America and appears to offer exceptional value for money.”

While Scott Williamson of Musk Creek has similar opinions.

“We’re pretty excited and impressed with the new horse at Spendthrift,” Williamson commented. “We will send one of our mares, Leny’s Here, the daughter of Devil Moon, to Omaha Beach.

“I was really impressed with him. He’s a horse that pedigree wise, should work. He looks a cracking type with a lovely walk on him. He’s very good looking with a great head.”

Omaha Beach will stand his first season at Spendthrift Australia this spring, making a formidable double act with fellow G1 star Vino Rosso (USA). Omaha Beach will stand for an introductory service fee of $22,000.