After a super first season at stud in 2018, Inglewood Stud’s exciting young stallion War Decree will remain at a service fee of $6,500 +GST this coming season.
“We were rapt with the response to War Decree,” said Inglewood Stud’s Gus Wigley.
“For a non-syndicated horse to serve just under 100 mares speaks volumes about his appeal as a stallion.”
“He drew mares from all over the country and the quality was outstanding, on one day alone he covered maiden siblings to Australian Group One winners Ace High, Shamexpress and Who Shot Thebarman.”
A winner of the prestigious Gr.2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, War Decree is a son of super-sire War Front, North America’s most expensive stallion commanding a service fee of US$250,000.
“War Front is an amazing stallion, very much like his own sire Danzig in the way he translates to the European turf where he has left seven Group One winners including last season’s Gr.1 July Cup winner US Navy Flag - all up he’s left an amazing 83 stakes winners from just 525 runners,” Wigley added.
The past 12 months have seen War Front reach a significant milestone with his 22 stakes winners including his first Australian Group One winner with Homesman winning the G1 MRC Underwood Stakes at Caulfield in the spring.
“He’s from one of the best families in the American studbook being a direct descendant of the great Terlingula, and he’s a gorgeous horse to boot. We’re really prepared to back this horse.”
War Decree is owned in partnership with Kevin Hickman of Valachi Downs, who has proven as enthusiastic about the stallion as Wigley.
“Kevin got right behind the horse last year buying some nice mares on the Gold Coast specifically for him and sending down 15 mares in all. War Decree is such an amazingly fertile horse, he nailed his first 18 pregnancy tests in a row, and we were rapt to repay Kevin’s support by sending all of his mares home in foal.
“Our search for a new stallion took four years and we chased War Decree for over 12 months, so we were obviously keen to support him heavily ourselves. We’ve got some lovely mares lined up for him this season including a young half-sister to this season’s Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, along with black-type producing mares Mystique, Dolly’s Wig, Udiditagain and Secret Scent among others.”
WAR DECREE: 1st G2 Goodwood Vintage Stakes