Declaration of War Makes His Mark in Dubai
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained On The Warpath (2c Declaration Of War-Elusive Pearl, by Medaglia d’Oro) could barely have won more easily when running away with a maiden in Britain this week.
The first-crop Declaration Of War colt cruised clear of his opponents in the seven-furlong contest on Southwell’s all-weather surface and, despite being eased down by jockey Luke Morris at the finish, still won by two and three-quarter lengths.
“That was a nice, smooth performance. On The Warpath is a lovely big horse and he’s only going to improve for another winter on his back. I hope he’ll go on to better things next year,” said Morris.
Meanwhile, the Racing Post speculated that a trip to Meydan early next year for one of the Classic races might suit this facile winner.
“ON THE WARPATH loved this surface, showing loads of speed to gradually pull well clear and just coasting home, never having to be asked to run. Might his connections be tempted to take a flyer at the UAE Classics? This track isn’t that far removed from what he’d face at Meydan and he could be a major force out there,” commented form expert Ron Wood.
Watch On The Warpath’s impressive win here.
Bred by the Sahara Group and Eurowest Bloodstock, On The Warpath was bought by Oliver St Lawrence for $150,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Declaration of War
– Dual Gr.1 winner of the Juddmonte International S. & Queen Anne S.
– Undefeated at 2 years
– By War Front (2017 fee: $250,000), the hottest young sire in America
– Out of a ½ sister to Union Rags – proven Gr.1 sire from his first crop
First crop 2YO’s already include…
Actress – dual winner including the G3 Anglesey Stakes, runner-up in the Fillies Sprint Stakes-L.R., Tipperary Stakes-L.R. & third in the G1 Phoenix Stakes.
Eirene – dual winner including the St Hugh’s Stakes-L.R. and runner-up in the G3 Dick Poole Fillies Stakes.
Olmedo, earned “TDN Rising Star” status when winning by 4 lengths on debut at Deauville for Jc Rouget. Also finished runner-up in the G1 Grand Criterium & G3 Prix des Chenes.
Irish Territory – runner-up in the G3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga for trainer William Mott.
Baroness – 3¾-length winner for Joseph O’Brien at Leopardstown & runner-up in the Montrose Fillies’ Stakes-L.R.
Declarationoflove – novice stakes winner and runner-up in the Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury.
Orange Suit – maiden winner at Newbury for trainer Richard Hannon.
Occupy – novice stakes winner on debut for Ralph Beckett and Highclere Racing.
On The Warpath – made all to win a novice stakes impressively for Sir Mark Prescott.
War Hero – maiden winner for Patrick Prendergast.
Yearlings in 2017 sold for €500,000, $325,000, $280,000, $245,000, $235,000, €200,000, $200,000, $185,000, $185,000, $180,000, $175,000, $140,000, $130,000, $130,000, $110,000, €110,000, $110,000, $110,000, $100,000, $100,000 etc.
“I think the Declaration Of Wars are going to get very expensive in a big hurry” Reiley McDonald after the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale