Noble Tune Half-Brother Sizzles With Six Length Irish Win; Save The Date For Stallion Day


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The War Front Coolmore-owned half-brother to Noble Tune and Honor Code is making waves in Ireland after a six length victory for trainer Aiden O’Brien at Dandalk in Ireland.

The $2,6million (weanling) War Front colt named Declarationofpeace achieved TDN Rising Star status April 24.

Descended from the Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, the bay who has grown into an imposing type was a must-have for Mr MV Magnier who said at the time, “We’ve had a lot of luck with Serena’s Song in the past. He’s a nice horse and comes from a great farm.”

Sent off the 13-8 favourite for his debut over six furlongs at Navan Apr. 24, he was third there behind the Ken Condon trainee Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) and began this Polytrack bow at 1-4 to have made the necessary progression in the interim.

Stalking the leading duo throughout the early stages, the half-brother to the Gr2 American Turf S. and Gr3 Pilgrim S. winner and Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Noble Tune (Unbridled’s Song), MGSW & GISP-US, $492,222, and to the GI Metropolitan H. and Gr1 Whitney S.-winning sire Honor Code (A.P. Indy), Ch. Older Horse & MGISW-US, $2,518,260, took control with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining.

Drawing away under hand riding from Seamie Heffernan, Declarationofpeace finished off powerfully to score by six lengths from Qatar Racing’s newcomer Treasuring (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}).

Aidan O’Brien is planning a trip to the Royal meeting next month. “He’s a fine big fellow. He has a lot of speed,” he told Irish Racing.com. “We’d be thinking of Ascot and if we could get another run into him it would be a help. We could look at the [Listed] Marble Hill [S. at The Curragh May 27] or the [Listed] Rochestown [S. at Naas May 21] for him.”

Aside from boasting Noble Tune and Honor Code as her first two foals, Serena’s Cat has also thrown the stakes-placed Lady Serena (Bernardini). Her triple stakes-winning dam Serena’s Tune also produced the G3 Tetrarch S. and G3 Greenham S. winner Vocalised who stands at Jim Bolger’s Redmondstown Stud and has two classy mares to his name now in Steip Amach (Ire) and Vociferous Marina (Ire).

Serena’s Song’s legendary status was assured with a remarkable 11 Gr1 victories under the tutelage of D. Wayne Lukas, including the Haskell Invitational and Mother Goose S. and her exploits as a broodmare are also highly significant.

Her Grand Reward built on a solid campaign at Ballydoyle to capture the GII Oaklawn H., with fellow graded-stakes winning sires Schramsberg and Harlington complementing Sophisticat (Storm Cat), the impressive winner of the G1 Coronation S. who later produced the listed-winning and graded-stakes placed Sefroua (Kingmambo) and the G1 Cheveley Park S. third Pursuit of Glory (Ire) (Fusaichi Pegasus).

Serena’s Cat was also responsible for the then record-breaking $3 million weanling Tapit filly at Keeneland November later named Serena’s Harmony and who remained unraced for Bridlewood Farm.

Her 2016 colt also by Tapit was bought by Baccari Bloodstock for $1,050,000 six months ago and she has been bred back to that Gainesway resident.

Noble Tune’s first yearlings averaged over R233 333 for six sold at the National Yearling Sale. The top price was R350 000 for an outstanding colt from Piemonte Stud.

Noble Tune’s Stallion Day takes place 2 July at Rathmor Stud – Save The Date!

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– extract Thoroughbred Daily News


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