05/27/2014 1:16PM

The Factor, Declaration of War to shuttle to Australia


The Factor will shuttle to stand in Australia later this year, joining Declaration of War as the second young stallion by leading U.S. sire War Front who will stand on that continent in the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The Factor, a 6-year-old from War Front’s first crop, will shuttle to Newgate Farm in Aberdeen, New South Wales, Australia for an advertised fee of $20,329 ($22,000 Australian). He stands the Northern Hemisphere season at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky. for $15,000, and his first foals arrived in 2014.

The Factor won six of 13 starts for earnings of $922,180. He made his reputation as a sprinter, winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and Pat O’Brien Stakes, but he also won the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes around two turns. The Factor is out of the winning Miswaki mare Greyciousness, who is the dam of six winners from eight foals to race.

"At Newgate we are not trying to re-invent the wheel,” Henry Field, managing director of Newgate Farm told Racing Post. “What has worked in Australia has been fast, good-looking horses by prepotent stallions, so we set about finding the fastest and best-looking horse that we could, and that horse is a son of the globe's emerging breed-shaper, War Front, named The Factor.

"As a multiple Group 1 winner and record-breaking two-year-old, The Factor was an outstanding racehorse, but what attracted us most to him was how perfectly he suits Australian breeding," Field continued.

Declaration of War, is in the midst of his first Northern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for a fee of $54,459 (40,000 Euros). When he ships south, he will stand at Coolmore’s Australian base in Jerrys Plain, New South Wales.

Declaration of War won seven of 13 starts, racing primarily for the Coolmore partnership, for earnings of $1,847,489. He found the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes in England and the Group 3 Diamond Stakes in Ireland, and finished third in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

War Front, a 12-year-old son of Danzig, stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. for an advertised fee of $150,000.